Back in 1962, most 15-year-olds were thinking about Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew and Fran Tarkenton. The Beatles and Bob Dylan were hitting the music scene and everyone was getting introduced to James Bond with Dr. No in the theaters. But in 1962, at the age of 15, that was when Daniel Lloyd began his serious study of the organ at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Heinrich Fleischer, who was a direct descendent of Martin Luther. Because he was Lutheran, Martin Luther was very important to Daniel. Daniel was the youngest student Dr. Fleischer had ever taught. It was also in 1962 that Pastor Dick Hamlin, the founding pastor of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, saw Daniel’s incredible talent and asked him to be the organist for his new church in Columbia Heights.
Soon others started noticing his talent. When Daniel was 17, he was asked to become the assistant organist at Westminster Church in Minneapolis. Daniel made the decision to stay at St. Tim’s.
Throughout the years Daniel has had an amazing career. Daniel was the youngest pianist hired to work with the famous Apollo Club Men’s Chorus; helped with events at the Walker Art Center; worked on productions at the Guthrie and at Theater in the Round; was musical director for the Cricket Theater Co.; harpsichordist with various musical groups; held a private concert for the Queen’s footman in England; guest artist for the Charles Lindberg Film Festival; nominated to be on the committee for new sacred music in the Lutheran Church; and many additional endeavors.
Since 1978, Daniel has been involved with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) as a performer and lecturer. To date, Daniel has written and played 15 film scores. Last year, he played to a sold-out crowd for the silent vampire film, at MIA’s Halloween celebration. He is currently composing the music for the film City Lights, a classic Charles Chaplin film, which he will perform in May 2013.
In 2011, St. Tim’s was selected by the readers of the Focus newspapers as having the best Church Music Program, all because of Daniel.
Daniel has a true heart of a musician. His home includes a piano and multiple harpsichords, because one is never enough. Morbid, his cat, puts up with his musical talents and brings a distraction from his music.
On September 8 and 9, 2012, St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church will celebrate Daniel Lloyd’s many incredible talents. Saturday evening, Sept. 8, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program, followed by a special concert by Daniel. Sunday, Sept. 9, worship will be at 9:30 a.m. with St. Tim’s founding pastor, Dick Hamlin, preaching, Pastor John Hierlinger presiding, along with Daniel doing what he does best; leading worship with original and traditional works.
St. Tim’s is located at 851 - 51st Avenue N.E. in Columbia Heights. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 763-571-9721.