Tim Pyper

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Lecturer in Music, Artist Associate in Organ, Harpsichord and Piano and College Organist

Bernhard Music Center

Education

B.M. Eastman School of Music (2003)
M.M. Eastman School of Music (2006)
M.A. Cornell University (2010)
D.M.A. Cornell University (2011)

Tim Pyper is an accomplished organist and educator. At Williams, he teaches courses in music theory and keyboard harmony, and he offers instruction in organ, harpsichord and piano. He has a deep passion for embodied learning; as a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique, he regularly gives workshops and seminars on optimal psycho-physical functioning for musicians.

Tim holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Cornell University where he studied with Annette Richards and David Yearsley. His dissertation focused on the performance practice of early 20th-century English organ music. He received his B.M., M.M. and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Higgs. Other significant teachers have included Giles Bryant, John Tuttle, William Porter (improvisation) and Barbara Lister-Sink (piano). Further qualifications include the Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique from Salem College and the Fellowship diploma (FRCCO) from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He trained as an Alexander Technique instructor with Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center in New York City.

An accomplished organ recitalist, Tim has won First Prize in numerous regional and national competitions including the Arthur Poister Memorial Competition (2008), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Competition (2001). He is described by The American Organist as possessing “effortless technique and sensitive musicality.” His solo recitals have been aired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and by National Public Radio’s Pipedreams.

Tim has led the music programs at two prominent North American churches; from 2017 until 2023, he was Director of Music at Church of the Holy Apostles in New York City and prior to this he was Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Both CD recordings made at the cathedral under his leadership were nationally broadcast and the choir performed a weeklong residency at Exeter Cathedral. Previous church appointments include tenures as Assistant Organist at St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto and Organist of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rochester, New York.

2023 highlights include giving Alexander Technique workshops at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at Bucknell University, as well as presenting an organ recital at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City. In 2024, he will play an organ recital at Oxford University and give an Alexander Technique workshop to its organ scholars. His chapter Alexander Technique and the Organ will be included in the forthcoming method Organ Skills published by Wayne Leupold Editions.