Timothy Shaw was born and raised in idyllic Keene, New Hampshire. He studied theology and music (composition, theory, history, piano) in college and graduate school, and he has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as composer, professor, church musician, and author. As a composer he has received various honors, including the ALCM Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition. He has composed 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, Pennsylvania), among others. As a scholar and clinician he has presented academic papers, workshops, music reading sessions, master classes, and hymn festivals at numerous universities, music societies, conferences, and churches throughout the United States. As a pianist he has recorded several albums, which are available on iTunes and via streaming services. As an author he is a contributor to a number of blogs about music and worship, and he has published an eBook Advent devotional (Behold, He Comes: Advent Reflections). In addition to these professional endeavors, he has volunteered as an ESL instructor, a youth baseball coach, and a board member of a community boys and girls club. He and his wife Lauren are proud parents of two sons.

Honors and Awards

2021 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Nativity Scenes

2021 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Love Came Down at Christmas

2020 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Do Not I Love Thee, O My Lord?

2019 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Lord Jesus Christ, Life-Giving Bread

2019 ALCM Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition: Jesus, Refuge of the Weary

2019 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: In a Lowly Manger

2019 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Partita on For All the Saints

2018 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: I Sought the Lord

2018 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Two Hymns of Comfort

2018 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Nocturne on “Lord, I Need You”

2017 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Etude on “10,000 Reasons”

2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Jesus, Refuge of the Weary

2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Hymn Settings for the Year: 55 Piano Gems

2016 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: O Land of Rest, for Thee I Sigh

2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: O Jesus, I Have Promised

2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: More Love to Thee

2015 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: Deep Were His Wounds

2014 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: An Easter Alleluia!

2013 JW Pepper Editors’ Choice: 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, CrossAccent, Pastoral Music, The American OrganistThe Diapason, The Hymn, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, The Journal of the National Association of Church Musicians, WorshipArts – read reviews


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