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Timothy S. Flynn , Ph.D.

Professor of Music

Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., professor of music and has worked at Olivet College since 2002.

He teaches courses in music history, music theory, form and analysis, and musical composition. He has also taught courses in French and writing and rhetoric. Prof. Flynn conducts the Olivet College Choir and Women Chorale.

Timothy S. Flynn received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University in Virginia, and his master’s and Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University in Illinois. He is professor of music at Olivet College where he conducts the choral ensembles, teaches music history, music theory and interdisciplinary courses in the arts and humanities. In addition, he has directed the opera and musical theatre productions for the college. As choral director, Dr. Flynn has conducted performances of the Olivet College Choir and Chamber Singers in Toronto, Ontario, Chicago, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and various venues throughout Michigan.  He has led interdisciplinary college seminar courses on art, architecture and music which have traveled to Italy (Venice, Florence and Rome) and France (Paris Giverny and Versailles).

In addition to his responsibilities at Olivet, Dr. Flynn also recently served as the director of music and organist at St. Mary Roman Catholic Cathedral in Lansing where he conducted the Cathedral Choir in performances at the Vatican in Rome, at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the Basilica of St. Mark in Florence and at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.  Founding director of the St. Cecilia Chorale, Dr. Flynn has conducted this ensemble in performances in Toronto, Ontario and Lansing. As an organist, he has performed organ recitals in Washington, D. C., Chicago, the south of France, Florence and Rome. Currently, Dr. Flynn is organist-choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing.

A frequent presenter for the San Francisco Opera Company, Dr. Flynn tours the greater Bay Area lecturing on operas from the company’s performance seasons. As a musicologist, he has presented his scholarship on the music of Charles Gounod throughout the U.S. and the EUC, most notably at the International Biennial Conference of Nineteenth Century Music at University College, Dublin, Ireland, and his work on the writings of Camille Saint-Saëns at this organization’s conference at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Flynn is also a published composer of choral and organ music through Augsburg, Morning Star and CanticaNOVA publishers, and his scholarly monographs, Camille Saint-Saëns: A Guide to Research (2003) and Charles François Gounod: A Research and Information Guide (2009) are both published by Routledge of New York. His most recent book, Cesar Franck: Organist, Teacher, Composer is forthcoming from Pendragon Press of New York.

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