Timothy Tikker
Timothy Tikker is College Organist at Kalamazoo College. Born in San Francisco, he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude in Organ Performance at San Francisco State University. He obtained his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at the University of Oregon at Eugene, where he also studied improvisation with Guy Bovet and fugue with Harold Owen. Supported by a Ruth Lorraine Close Award from the University of Oregon, he studied organ improvisation with Jean Langlais in Paris, France, who called Mr. Tikker “one of the most gifted temperaments I have ever encountered.”

An active composer and solo keyboardist, Mr. Tikker has won numerous awards, including: First Prize in the San Anselmo Organ Improvisation Competition (1987); The American Guild of Organists/Holtkamp Award in Organ Composition (1993-94); First Prize, Furio Franceschini Competition in Organ Composition, UNESP, Brazil (1997); Finalist Award, Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition (2000). Commissioned works include an anthem for chorus and orchestra for the centennial of the Basilica of St. Josaphat, Milwaukee, premiered by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; solo organ works for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. His solo organ recordings appear on the Arkay, OHS and Raven labels, and his compositions have been recorded for Centaur, JAV Records, Pro Organo and Raven. His improvised organ accompaniment for Cecil DeMille’s silent film King of Kings was recorded for the DVD released by the Criterion Collection.

From 1996-2000 he was organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was also active in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival of the Arts, performing as featured soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He performed as harpsichord soloist with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 2002.

Mr. Tikker is currently a doctoral student in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan in the studio of Marilyn Mason.

E-mail: ttikker@umich.edu

Website: ttikker.com