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Grace Concert Series Presents Mr. Tyler A. Canonico, Concert Organist

Tyler graduated with the Class of 2010 from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. He studied organ under the instruction of Dr. Jason Kissel, and previously studied piano and organ under Mrs. Kathie Metz. Tyler is currently a rising junior at Lebanon Valley College and studies organ and piano with Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman. He is majoring in Music with a concentration in Organ Performance and Sacred Music.

Recently, Tyler was awarded first place in the AGO/Quimby Region III Competition for Young Organists. Tyler was presented with the John Philip Sousa Band Award and the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts Music Department Talent and Achievement Award. He is also the recipient of several scholarships. In 2007, Tyler was the recipient of the Vernon de Tar Scholarship from the Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

At First United Methodist Church in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, Tyler is the Organist and Director of Music. Tyler conducts the adult choir, two children’s choirs, the youth choir and the handbell choir. He is the principal accompanist for the Harrisburg Men’s Chorus.

At Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, Tyler was active in the school’s music program, performing in the wind ensemble, symphonic band, and jazz ensemble. He was the school’s organist all four years. Tyler was the assistant musical director for the school’s main-stage musical productions and was the music director and pit conductor for the black-box musical productions. Tyler continues to be asked back to conduct the orchestra for the black-box musical productions.

Tyler was the organist and assistant choir director at Hope Presbyterian from May 2009 until August 2010. He was the Director of Music and Organist at Avon Zion United Methodist Church from October 2010 until August 2011.

Over the years, Tyler attended Pipe Organ Encounters in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He also attended the Oberlin Conservatory Summer Academy in Ohio. Tyler has had the honor of being the substitute organist at many different churches in Maryland. Tyler has been a guest organist and a guest conductor in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Virginia. Tyler, his professor and some of his colleagues have recently returned from visiting and performing at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah.