Timothy was born into a cold-blooded family in the snow-belt of New York State. He spent his formative years in a rural school district outside of Syracuse doing normal music-geek stuff like marching-band competitions, playing in various jazz groups, doing school musicals and generally enjoying a life of music, friends, and family. During the summer month or two he enjoyed waterskiing and since CNY is comparable to the planet Hoth for most of the year, he also snow skied regularly.
After graduating from high school Tim started his college career at Ithaca College as a music education and performance major. There he studied saxophone with Dr. Steven Mauk and jazz with Steve Brown and Paul Merrill. In 2003 he formed a group with three of his friends called the Cayuga Saxophone Quartet. That group had a lot of fun and success winning the New York round of the Music Teachers National Association chamber music competition several times and also advancing deep into the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. In 2005 the group travel together toGap, France to participate in the Université Européenne de Saxophone.
While at IC Tim started working in the school of music’s Recording Studio, which was something he dabbled in while in high school. At IC he received training on a wealth of consoles including the SSL C200and the Yamaha O2R. He recorded hundreds of concerts and several sessions. Although he cut his teeth with DAT the studio transitioned to ProTools 5.0 in 2003. Tim recorded several world-famous performers including Emanuel Ax, Aleksey Volkov, and the Zagreb Quartet. He also worked as an unofficial “extra-set-of-ears” on Ithaca College Wind Ensemble’s Beyond The Red Line: Winners of the Walter Beeler Composition Prize, a recording on which he is also a player.
Although the CSQ tried to stay together in graduate school, they ultimately ended up going their separate ways. Tim’s was towards Michigan State University. At this point his jazz days were behind him for the most part as he decided to focus on classical music. He studied saxophone with Joseph Lulloff. While at MSU he premiered several new works and began to turn his focus towards his transcriptions.
As part of his scholarship package at MSU Tim was offered a job working in the College of Music’s Recording Studio. It was there that he proved his skills as a engineer, and then as a producer and studio manager while he filled in for two maternity leaves of absence, all while working toward his Master’s degree (for the first) and his Doctorate degree (for the second). At MSU Tim produced four operas, hundreds of recitals, and all of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra recordings from 2007–10. He recorded or provided live sound for every major ensemble at MSU and also for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tiempo Libre, two Van Cliburn winners, and many more high-profile performers. His recordings were features on WKAR and on the Big Ten Network.
In August on 2010 Tim, who was not quite finished at MSU yet, started an Assistant Professor position as a one-year replacement for the aforementioned Dr. Mauk back at Ithaca College. Even though he was already crazy-busy with teaching twenty-two saxophone majors and three quartets he turned in his doctoral document entitled Interpreting the Music of William Albright: A Surrealist Approach. In it he drew comparisons between the surrealist artwork and literature from the early and middle twentieth-century to the compositions for saxophone by the late Michigan composer William Albright.
After completing and defending his document Tim started his next project back at IC which was producing a recording of undergraduate saxophonists. Drastic Measures is a CD by four of his (and Dr. Mauk’s, of course) students featuring works by Dana Wilson, Pierre Max Dubois, Heiner Wiberny, John Mackey and Russell Peck. Tim coached the group and also made the CD art.
Tim also had his first article published in The Saxophone Journal about teaching through transcriptions in May of 2011. The article address the benefits for saxophone educators to teach a variety of music through existing transcriptions and also the benefits for students to make their own.
In March of 2010 Tim started the next chapter of his life by accepting a job at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. He is the course director for the Critical Listening for Music Professionals course in the Music Business degree program. Tim teaches the students how to listen to music with a critical ear, the vocabulary with which to describe it, and the ways to quickly fix it.
Tim currently lives in QUAD. IV of the greater Orlando, Florida area, where the mosquitos are thick, Spanish is helpful, and his amazing wife is right nearby.