THE ARTIST (This artist biographical sketch was current as of the original release date of this recording.) Organist Timothy Smith accepted the appointment as Director of Music and Organist of New York’s famed Riverside Church in July, 1992, leaving the music staff of Trinity Church, Wall Street, where he had served since 1989. A graduate of Yale University, Smith holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His organ studies have been with W. Lindsay Smith, Thomas Murray and John Walker. Dr. Smith is the recipient of the Theodore Presser Award and the Harry Benjamin Jepson Award from Yale University, and The Clair Coci Award from the Manhattan School. He has performed as organist with the Yale Philharmonia, and with orchestras in the greater New York City area. A finalist in the 1991 Arthur Poister Organ Competition, Smith has played solo recitals throughout the metropolitan New York City area. His solo performances have been heard on the Pipedreams radio broadcast (Minnesota Public Radio/Public Radio International), and he is also heard weekly on Sunday broadcasts from The Riverside Church. He was a contributing author for The Hymnal 1982 Companion, Volume 2, which is published by the Church Hymnal Corporation of The Episcopal Church. He has appeared as organ soloist and accompanist on several commercial recordings, and has performed both solo and chamber recitals abroad in Great Britain, France and Germany.