Timothy Albrecht

Profile Updated: June 21, 2018
Spouse/Partner Spouse d. 2014. My girlfriend grew up in Shanghai, is an MD who loves Bach, now a US citizen & research scientist-epidemiolgist at Atlanta's CDC.
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Occupation Emory University Professor of Music, Professor of Church Music, Atlanta's Emory University Organist
Children One daughter, b. 1989. After Emory, Esther earned her Masters Degree MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard More…in Vermont. Her husband, also an Emory alum, is a Cornell Law graduate and corporate attorney. They relocated, in what the millennial-generation calls a "quality-of-life move," from New York to Cleveland, where Alex is at a downtown firm and Esther works full-time as a nanny for a loving family where the mom is a pediatrician and faculty member at Case Western.
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Doctorate (dissertation: Musical Rhetoric in Select Organ Compositions of JS Bach) from University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, following undergraduate degrees, a semester as an exchange student, and Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College and Oberlin Music Conservatory. A Life Member at Cambridge University in England where two semester-long sabbatical research leaves took place, I ran the graduate organ degree programs at Emory for over two decades, teaching summers in Vienna and concertizing lots in Western Europe.

I still hold a tenured professorship at Emory University, teaching seminars such as The Theology of Bach for the Graduate Candler Candler School of Theology, an opera survey course and "Bach's Best" in the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences. International recital tours range "from Alaska to the Andes, from Texas to Taiwan" and I have taught masterclasses around the country for many chapters of the American Guild of Organists and at Juilliard. I composed twelve volumes of published organ volumes and have recorded nine solo CDs, mostly of Bach, but also of my own hymn introductions.

Mark Twain wrote something like this, "Find something you enjoy doing and you'll never work a day in your life." I know he is right and am am grateful for all.

Although I cannot attend the WLHS reunion (I am performing a recital that same September weekend), I send thanks to the committee making the reunion happen.

School Story

Besides the formative organ tutelage of Christian Koch and later Fran Schubkegal, the high school teacher who influenced me most was Mr. Riggs, who taught Latin and so much more ("non solum sed etiam").

Decades later I wrote him from Europe, expressing heartfelt thanks for his earlier tutelage. He responded and we started corresponding. Sadly, both our lives had encountered obstacles - actually, road blocks - in ways not dissimilar. When Mr. Riggs wrote a last time, hoping that the one who had caused me great harm would ask my forgiveness before death, I responded it was not necessary, as I had long ago forgiven (besides, musicians can't perform well if they are bitter!).

"In manus tuas commendo spiritum meum" stretches high above the altar at the neighborhood Viennese church where I frequently stop in to kneel and pray every summer. Seeing it always makes me think not only the crucifixion but also of Mr. Riggs, without whom I would probably not know that this means "Into Thy hands I commend my spirit."

Mr Riggs often referred to Pliny the Younger, a classic Roman writer who mentioned nascent Christianity. Pliny’s uncle, a much more celebrated Roman statesman and author, died in the eruption of Vesuvius, as he attempted to save a friend. This Pliny the Elder wrote one of my all-time favorite lines, "After my death, I would rather that people ask why there is no statue for me rather than why there is!" This makes me think of Mr. Riggs, whose real albeit invisible statue is his Christ-centered, noble and kind life. Requiescat in pace.

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Greetings to all - sending a few recent photos from here and there; will be in Western Europe again for 6 weeks this summer doing research. Life is a gift -- and it is surely good. Best wishes!.

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