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Christoph Tietze was born in 1956 in Cologne, Germany, began his organ studies at age 10, and took his first church organist position at age 12. He received degrees from San Jose State University (BA), Yale University (MM, MMA), and the Graduate Theological Foundation (DSM).

He has held positions as music director and organist at St. Rose of Lima Church in Manhattan, St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, NY, and since 1992 at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. He has taught at Molloy College in Rockville Centre and at the New York School of Liturgical Music, where he was the chairman of the musicianship department.

Christoph has presented numerous organ recitals in the United States and Europe and has given workshops and lectures on improvisation, the music of Sigfrid Karg-Elert, directing children's choirs, and Gregorian Chant.

His book, "Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Dual Nature and Dual Expression," was translated into German and published by the Karg-Elert-Gesellschaft.
"Hymn Introits for the Liturgical Year: the Origin and Early Development of the Latin Texts" was recently published by Liturgy Training Publications.

Christoph's newest book, "Introit Hymns for the Church Year" has just been published by World Library Publications.