Timothy Tikker


Originally from San Francisco, California, Timothy Tikker studied organ and improvisation with Guy Bovet. Through a Ruth Lorraine Close Award from the University of Oregon, he was able to travel to France and study with Jean Langlais. He recently completed his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan under Marilyn Mason. He won First Prize in the National Improvisation Competition in the San Anselmo Organ Festival in 1987 (USA), the Holtkamp-AGO Award in Organ Composition in 1993, and First Prize in the UNESP Organ Composition Competition (Brazil) in 1997.

He is a member of the Concert Artist Cooperative.


Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire
Includes an essay “Performance Practice for the Organ Music of Charles Tournemire” by Timothy Tikker.


The King of Kings (The Criterion Collection)
Timothy Tikker provides organ accompaniment for the 1931 version of the film included in this DVD.

Tom Hazleton

hazletonTom Hazleton (1942-2006) was a child prodigy. He began playing the pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in Pacific Grove when he was 13 years old. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco State University, and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He also studied with Richard Purvis and was assistant organist at Grace Cathedral. Hazleton was organist and music director from 1969 until 1975 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. He also served as organist and associate minister of music for 14 years at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, as well as professor of organ at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He was named “Organist of the Year” in 1986 by the American Theatre Organ Society. In 2003 the ATOS inducted him into their Hall of Fame. He recorded over 60 LPs, cassettes, and CDs.

Tom Hazleton – Free Hymn Improvisation on ‘Lobe Den Herren’ – Basilica of Mission San Dolores, San Francisco, California
Tom Hazleton – Free Hymn Improvisation on ‘Holy God, We Praise Thy Name’ – Basilica of Mission San Dolores, San Francisco, California

Timothy Howard


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Dr. Timothy Howard holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Westminster Choir College and Biola University. He is Director of Music and Organist at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and Lecturer in Music at California State University, Northridge. He has recorded organ scores to accompany the silent films Nosferatu, From the Manger to the Cross, and The Life and Passion of Jesus Christ.

Timothy Howard – Improvisation on ‘Kingsfold’ – Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Timothy Howard – Improvised postlude on NETTLETON – Pasadena Presbyterian Church, California
Timothy Howard – Postlude on ‘Westminster Abbey’ – Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Timothy Howard – Postlude on ‘Wondrous Love’ – Pasadena Presbyterian Church


NettletonFirst published without any composer listed in Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813), this tune has been ascribed to both John Wyeth (1770-1858), pubisher of the collection and Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844), who was a well-known evangelist of the early nineteenth century for whom the tune is named. Nettleton published Village Hymns (1825), but this compilation had no music and there is no indication that Nettleton wrote any tunes at any time. Wyeth, a printer by trade, was known as a compiler and publisher of early shape-note tune books. However there is no evidence that he also wrote music, as he was not himself a musician.

See a list of other popular hymn and chorale themes here.

Timothy Howard – Improvised postlude on NETTLETON – Pasadena Presbyterian Church, California