Timothy E. Albrecht

Professor Emeritus of Church Music; Professor Emeritus of Music; University Organist
Timothy E. Albrecht
    • DMA, Eastman School of Music, 1978
    • MM, Eastman School of Music, 1975
    • BA, Oberlin College, 1973
    • BM, Oberlin Music Conservatory, 1973

    For 40 years, Dr. Timothy E. Albrecht held a joint faculty appointment as professor of church music at Candler and as professor of music in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music. He also served as Emory University organist for the length of his tenure. He retired at the close of the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Albrecht has authored twelve published volumes of Grace Notes for Organ I-XII (Augsburg Fortress, 1987-2006) and has recorded nine solo compact discs, including several Bach CDs and recordings of his own compositions. He is currently researching Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.

    A renowned performer, he has delighted international audiences from Alaska to the Andes, Chicago to China. The American Organist, the most widely read journal devoted to organ and choral music in the world, hails his “creative, fertile imagination” and “energized, electric performances.” Desmond Tutu once wrote Albrecht regarding an upcoming performance saying, “I am so looking forward to that … knowing you will play as if your life depended on it!”

    As he did throughout his time at Emory, Albrecht leads workshops around the country for the American Guild of Organists, has taught a master class at the Juilliard School and has taught many summers in Vienna, Austria. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Albrecht also served Emory University by performing at dozens of events annually and sitting on several committees and advisory boards.

    In 1999, Albrecht was awarded the Wittenberg Award from The Luther Institute in Washington, D.C., for lifelong contributions to Lutheran church music. He is a Life Member of Cambridge University in England, where he has spent two sabbaticals, and he represented the United States at the Sixth International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, East Germany.

    Albrecht is a member of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Emory’s campus, where he is Organist Laureate.

    Selected works

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    Exploring the Magic of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, (Self-published), 2022

    Ein feste Burg: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, Augsburg Fortress, 2003

    Go Tell It: Go Tell It on the Mountain, Augsburg Fortress, 2003

    Contributing Composer,Pull Out the Stops, Augsburg Fortress, 2001

    Grace Notes for Organ, Volume IX, Augsburg Fortress, 2001

    Contributing Composer,Augsburg Organ Library: Christmas, Augsburg Fortress, 2001

    Contributing Composer,Augsburg Organ Library: Easter, Augsburg Fortress, 2000

    Contributing Composer,Augsburg Organ Library: November, Augsburg Fortress, 2000

    Grace Notes for Organ, Volume VIII, Augsburg Fortress, 1999

    Grace Notes for Organ, Volume VII, Augsburg Fortress, 1998

    Grace Notes for Organ, Volume VI, Augsburg Fortress, 1997

    Selected awards

    Centennial Hall of Fame: Wisconsin Lutheran High Alumni Award

    Wittenberg Award, The Luther Institute

    Musician of the Year Award, National Pen Organization

    U.S. Representative to the International Bach Organ Competition

    Outstanding Young Man of America nomination in several years between 1974-1984.

    Phi Beta Kappa, Oberlin College

    Selby Houston Award, Oberlin Music Conservatory

    Pi Kappa Lambda, Oberlin Music Conservatory

    "Timothy Albrecht is Back with ‘Bach Live-Lier!’" - Emory Wheel, September 12, 2018

    Organ Recital on Johann Sebastian Bach - The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: An International Conference, Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion and Candler School of Theology, April 3-4, 2017

    Spring 2015 Convocation, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, January 13, 2015

    "Timothy Albrecht and the Daniel Jaeckel Op. 45 Organ" - Interview with Albrecht, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 2012

    "Scary Ride" - Emory University Organist Recital Series, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, October 30, 2011

    Selected courses

    Bach for Pastors

    Ecclesial Keys, Bach to Brubeck, Holtkamp to Hammond

    Organ Construction and Design

    Organ Literature

    Service Playing and Hymn Improvisation