Timothy Howard is Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, music theory and music technology, among other course offerings. He has performed as a recitalist and collaborative artist in locales across the country and internationally, served as director of the CSUN Wind Symphony, and he is founding Artistic Director of Opus Performing Arts, a professional arts group. He recently completed 13 years as Associate Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena, and he was for four years Artistic Director of the 65-voice Foothill Master Chorale. He has held a number of elected positions in the American Guild of Organists, including Far West Regional Councillor and local chapter Dean.
Timothy Howard holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, with honors, from the University of Southern California; other degrees are from Westminster Choir College and Biola University. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music academic honor society. For some fifteen years, Dr. Howard was Chorusmaster for the Los Angeles Music Theatre Company, preparing vocal ensembles for that company’s semi-annual opera productions; in 1998 he made his operatic conducting debut, leading singers and orchestra in Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne and The Impresario. As musical advisor for the world premiere of The Presentment, a play by D. Paul Thomas at the Pasadena Playhouse, he recorded a CD of organ works by J.S. Bach. The three silent films for which Dr. Howard has conceived and recorded organ scores, Nosferatu, From the Manger to the Cross, and The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ, are widely available.
Dr. Howard’s work as composer, arranger, and collaborative performer can be heard on Christopher Parkening’s Simple Gifts (Angel Records), and his string and wind arrangements accompany pop/rock singer Brian Reeves on Never Looking Back (Briro Records). He also has several published compositions and arrangements to his credit, and for two and a half years he was a regular contributor to California Magazine on the subject of classical music.
In the non-musical world, Dr. Howard has been a faculty member of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, as well as a consultant at USC’s Integrated Media Systems Center. For more than four years he co-wrote a daily column for the Los Angeles Times World Wide Web site, and he is the author of award-winning computer hardware and software manuals.