Timothy Howard joined the CSUN music faculty in 2000 as head of the school’s organ program; since then he has also distinguished himself as an instructor in music theory and analysis, performance practice, musicianship, keyboard, music technology, music history, and in conducting the University’s Wind Symphony and Women’s Chorale.
A graduate, with honors, from the University of Southern California with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Dr. Howard also holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Biola University. His principal teachers include: Dr. Ladd Thomas, Dr. George Markey and Richard Unfried (organ); Dr. Robert Moore, Rayner Brown, Barry Liesch and Keith Weathers (theory); Rodney Eichenberger, Dr. Wilhelm Ehmann and Dr. John Benham (conducting); he has coached conducting with Dr. Ann Howard Jones.
An active performer, Dr. Howard was the featured organ recitalist for the 82nd Los Angeles Bach Festival, was twice the featured organ recitalist for the Corona Del Mar Baroque Music Festival where he was the principal keyboard continuo player for seven years, and was played harmonium for a Green Umbrella concert under the direction of James Conlon. He was Artistic Director of the 65-voice Foothill Master Chorale, and was Chorusmaster for the Los Angeles Music Theatre Company, where he also made his operatic conducting debut. He played Charles Marie Widor’s monumental Symphony VIII for a marathon concert of the composer’s complete organ symphonies presented by the Los Angeles Chapter, American Guild of Organists, and his live performances of his organ scores for the silent films Nosferatu and From the Manger to the Cross have become quite popular.
As organist or conductor, Dr. Howard has presented many world and regional premieres by such composers as Benjamin Britten, Robert Sirota, Maarten Spruijt, Carson Cooman, and others. He has notably collaborated with guitarist Christopher Parkening, composer/performer Paul Halley, conductor Jeffrey Schindler, and others.
Dr. Howard is also Director of Music and Organist at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where he leads the congregation’s Kirk Choir and an auditioned Chamber Choir, the Pasadena Singers. As Artistic Director of the church’s concert series, he produces and conducts major performances of such works as J.S. Bach’s Passion According to St. John, G.F. Handel’s Messiah (complete), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and many others.
Dr. Howard is well regarded as an adjudicator and clinician. He is a member the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda (music honor society), and he has held local and regional leadership positions the American Guild of Organists.