Africana Studies
Timothy Olsen

Timothy Olsen

Job Title
Professor of Music
Director of Jazz Ensemble
Taylor Music Center 204

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Prof. Olsen holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University (D.M.A., 1995). His compositions have been performed throughout North America and Europe. A 1990 Fulbright grant enabled him to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Olsen has also received awards from ASCAP, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Connecticut, and the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University. Active as a conductor, trumpet-player and keyboardist, Olsen frequently performs in the Capital District and is director of music at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Clifton Park. His choral music is published by Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., New York. He directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches courses in theory with a specialization in American and Latin American music history and practice.

Academic credentials

B.M., Washington University; D.M.A., M.M., Yale University; M.A., University of Minnesota