Dr. Timothy Olsen began his study of the organ at the age of thirteen and studied with Peter Nygaard at Concordia College in Minnesota, where he received a bachelor of music degree. He earned his doctorate of musical arts and master of music degree in organ performance and literature as well as a master of arts degree in music theory pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. He was the Wanda L. Bass chair of organ at Oklahoma City University and has served on the faculty at Ithaca College, Binghamton University, and Cornell University. He was the first-prize winner, 2001 National Young Artists Competition in organ performance, American Guild of Organists. He has performed solo recitals in twenty-three states, presented numerous master classes and has recorded a CD. In addition to being on the Salem faculty he is also the Kenan professor of organ at UNC-School of the Arts.