Timothy Shaw was born and raised in idyllic Keene, New Hampshire. He studied theology and music (composition, theory, piano, organ) in college and graduate school, and he has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a composer, private teacher, college professor, music engraver, author, and professional church musician. As a clinician and scholar, he has presented workshops, academic papers, hymn festivals, and music reading sessions at numerous conferences, churches, universities, and music societies throughout the United States. As a composer, he has written extensively for the church and is published by Augsburg Fortress, Beckenhorst, Choristers Guild, Concordia, Fred Bock, Hope, MorningStar Music, Neil A. Kjos, and Shawnee Press. He also composes on commission, and he has written for David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster), Anne Martindale-Williams (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal cellist), and Abington Presbyterian Church (Abington, PA), among others. As a pianist, he has recorded three albums, Hymns: Timothy Shaw at the Piano (2004), Rejoice! Devotional Hymn Settings (2010), and Hymns of Comfort and Praise (2014). As an author, he blogs about music and worship, and he has published an eBook devotional for Advent (Behold He Comes: Advent Reflections). In addition to his many musical endeavors, he has volunteered as an ESL instructor, a children’s club leader at a local church, and an assistant baseball coach. He and his wife, Lauren, are the proud parents of two boys.
Honors and Awards
2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Nocturne on “Lord, I Need You”
2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Etude on “10,000 Reasons”
2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Jesus, Refuge of the Weary
2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems
2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | O Land of Rest, for Thee I Sigh
2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | O Jesus, I Have Promised
2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | More Love to Thee
2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Deep Were His Wounds
2014 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | An Easter Alleluia!
2013 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice Award | Rejoice in the Lord
2009 Detroit AGO, Marilyn Mason New Organ Music Competition, 2nd | Partita on “For All the Saints”
Music reviewed in Choral Director’s Magazine, CrossAccent, Pastoral Music, The American Organist, The Diapason, The Hymn, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, The Journal of the National Association of Church Musicians, WorshipArts