Timothy Albrecht

Timothy E. Albrecht

Professor Emeritus of Church Music; Professor Emeritus of Music; University Organist


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.


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

Ein feste Burg: A Mighty Fortress is Our GodAugsburg Fortress, 2003

Go Tell It: Go Tell It on the MountainAugsburg 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

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

Bach for Pastors

Ecclesial Keys, Bach to Brubeck, Holtkamp to Hammond

Organ Construction and Design

Organ Literature

Service Playing and Hymn Improvisation

In the media

September 12, 2018

"Timothy Albrecht is Back with ‘Bach Live-Lier!’"

Organ Recital on Johann Sebastian Bach

January 13, 2015

Spring 2015 Convocation

August 4, 2012

"Timothy Albrecht and the Daniel Jaeckel Op. 45 Organ"

October 30, 2011

"Scary Ride" - Emory University Organist Recital Series

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