An accomplished recitalist, Tim Pyper has won First Prize in numerous regional and national organ competitions including the Arthur Poister Memorial Competition (2008), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Competition (2001). He was a featured performer at the 2002 R.C.C.O National Convention and was described by The American Organist as possessing “effortless technique and sensitive musicality.” His solo recitals have been broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and by National Public Radio’s Pipedreams.
From 2010-2015 Pyper was Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Under his leadership, the choir developed into a highly refined ensemble, giving the North American premiere of David Briggs’ Messe pour Saint Sulpice with the composer at the organ. Both CD recordings made at the cathedral under his leadership were nationally broadcast and in 2013 the choir spent a highly successful week as choir-in-residence at Exeter Cathedral. Dr. Pyper’s previous church appointments include tenures as Assistant Organist at St. James' Cathedral, Toronto and Organist of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rochester, New York.
Pyper 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 and he holds the Fellowship diploma from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Other significant teachers have included Giles Bryant, John Tuttle, William Porter (improvisation) and Barbara Lister-Sink (piano). He presently divides his time between western Massachusetts and New York City where he is a teacher-trainee of the Alexander Technique.
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