Biography

Organist Tyler Canonico

“One of the east coast’s finest young concert organists and inspiring church musicians,” Tyler A. Canonico is the Minister of Music and Organist at the Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he received a Master’s of Music in Organ Performance and studied under Dr. Faythe Freese. Tyler received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. He studied organ and piano with Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman and orchestral conducting with Dr. Johannes Dietrich. Tyler has also studied organ with Dr. Jason Kissel, and piano and organ with Ms. Kathie Metz.

In addition to his work at Market Square Presbyterian, he is a co-founding member of Allegro con Fuoco, a keyboard duo with Jordan Markham, and is the Collaborative Pianist for the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus. Tyler is a member of the Executive Committee for the Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Previously, Tyler was the Organist and Assistant Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church and the Collaborative Pianist for the Alabama Choir School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He was the Assistant Organist at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama, and before moving to Alabama, he was the Director of Music and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Palmyra, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, Tyler was awarded first place in the AGO/Quimby Region III Competition for Young Organists, and was previously presented with the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Music Department Talent and Achievement Award. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Vernon de Tar Scholarship from the Delaware Chapter AGO. He has been awarded numerous other scholarships toward his pipe organ study, including the Pipe Organ Encounters in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and the Oberlin Conservatory Summer Organ Academy in Ohio. Tyler was invited to perform in the National Association of Schools of Music student recital in the spring of 2012, representing the organ department of Lebanon Valley College.

Tyler won the Concerto-Aria Competition at Lebanon Valley College in April 2013, and had the honor of performing Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the LVC Symphony Orchestra as the soloist. He is a frequent concert artist and a guest conductor throughout the country and has performed at both national and regional AGO conventions.  He has been interviewed for both the radio and newspaper and has been heard on several radio broadcasts. Recently, Tyler traveled to Germany to play on the organs that Johann Sebastian Bach designed and played.

In July 2012, at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, Tyler’s performance of “This Little Light of Mine” by Connecticut jazz organist and composer, Dr. Joe Utterback, thrilled the audience and especially the composer. This performance inspired Dr. Utterback to compose an organ arrangement of the well-known spiritual, “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” which he dedicated to Tyler.

Tyler enjoys spending time with his partner, Ryan, playing with his dog, Charles, cooking, and relaxing!

Feel free to visit tylercanonico.com for a list of upcoming concerts, as well as video and audio recordings of live performances.

4 comments

  1. It is so encouraging to see such talented young organists — especially at a time when so many churches (including mine) have abandoned the traditional organ role for noise bands !

  2. What an outstanding job you did with the Barber “Toccata” and the Saint-Saens symphony when you performed with the college orchestra! I’m so glad that I was able to attend!

    Tom Israel

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