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“Nota Bene”

The Nota Bene section of our monthly newsletter is dedicated to information relevant to Sacred Music students, alumni and anyone involved or interested in music ministry.  We will be featuring a different member of our Sacred Music faculty each month for the next few months.  For more information on the GTF’s Sacred Music programs, please visit our website.

dr-tietzeChristoph Tietze is Professor of Sacred Music. Dr. Tietze began his organ studies at age 10 in his native Germany. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from San Jose State University, Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and the Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation, completing his coursework at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford University, and Sarum College in Salisbury, England. Dr. Tietze has held music director positions at cathedrals on the East and West coast for 23 years and is currently Music Director/Organist at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, California. He has lectured throughout the United States and Europe on Gregorian chant, the introits, children’s choirs, improvisation, and the music of Karg-Elert, and his books on the introits are published by Liturgy Training Publications and World Library Publications.

Dr. Tietze offers five e-tutorials for the GTF.


Dr. Tietze is also the author of five books.

To read more about Dr. Tietze, his areas of expertise and service, please visit his faculty profile.


2 Responses to “Nota Bene”

  • Hello, Dr. Tietze-
    I am quite interested in pursuing a SMD with the GTF. I have a BM from Westminster Choir College (organ, conducting and Church Music), and MM from Eastman School of Music (Organ performance and orchestral conducting) and completed three semesters toward a Mus. Doc. in Choral Conducting (with a secondary area of study in harpsichord and Early Music) at Indiana University. I currently am Director of Music and Organist at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and conduct the Pittsburgh Camerata as well. Prior to this, I was at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia. I would welcome the opportunity to explore the possibility of working with you.
    Mark Anderson

    • GTF says:

      Dear Mr. Anderson,

      Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Theological Foundation’s Sacred Music program. Your message has been shared with Dr. Tietze and you can expect a reply from him in the near future. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the GTF’s Sacred Music program and how your three semesters of graduate work at Indiana University might apply toward a Sacred Music Doctorate at the GTF, you can request a pre-application assessment. This link will explain the pre-application assessment service that the GTF provides to prospective students at no fee.

      If you have any other questions please feel free to contact our administrative offices directly by phone or email.