Timothy Phillips is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Since joining the Troy University faculty in 2006, he founded Troy University Clarinet Day, which brings high school, college, and professional clarinetists together at the John M. Long School of Music for performances and master classes each spring. Timothy is also creator and host of a weekly program on Troy University Public Radio WTSU called “Clarinet Corner,” Social Media Editor of the International Clarinet Association, a BG France Performing Artist, and a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist.
Timothy has served as President of the Higher Education Division of the Alabama Music Educators Association and he has performed at previous AMEA Conferences. He performed at ClarinetFest® 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ClarinetFest® 2013 in Assisi, Italy, ClarinetFest® 2011 in Los Angeles, California, ClarinetFest® 2010 in Austin, Texas, and ClarinetFest® 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. He presented his paper, “The Longing Voice: Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen” at ClarinetFest® 2004 in College Park, Maryland. He also performed at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference in Gainesville, Florida in 2011 and the College Music Society National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in 2008. As soloist, he has performed with Concerto Avenna in Warsaw, Poland and with the Troy University Symphony Band, Troy University Concert Chorale, Troy University Percussion Ensemble, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, and University of Illinois Summer Band. In 2011, he premiered works as soloist with the International Clarinet Choir, organized by the Träumerei Clarinet Ensemble in New York City and with the Troy University Symphony Band on their first-ever international tour in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. Timothy is former principal clarinetist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and he has performed with Sinfonia da Camera in Illinois. An active proponent of music by living composers, he has commissioned works from Noah D. Taylor, Gary Schocker, Jorge Montilla, Jeff Brooks, James M. Stephenson, James David, Scott McAllister, and Bill Douglas, and he has premiered works by Alain Mayrand, Traci Mendel, Don Bowyer, and Carl Vollrath.
In 2013, 2011, and 2009, he performed and taught at Clarimania, a bi-annual event held at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2013, Timothy taught master classes at the Prague Conservatory of Music, the Prague Academy of Music, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He also performed recitals of “American Music for Clarinet and Marimba” with his colleague T. Adam Blackstock on this tour. In 2010, Timothy served on the jury for the International Woodwind Instruments Clarinet Competition in Warsaw, Poland with clarinetists Florent Héau, Ludmila Peterkova, and Nicolas Fargeix. Timothy has also served as a judge for the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Competition in 2010 and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild Concerto Competition in 2008 and 2006.
Timothy completed the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His principal teachers included: J. David Harris, Daniel Silver, Bil Jackson, and Philip Aaholm. Timothy received the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award from the Troy University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Albert Austin Harding Award from the University of Illinois Bands.
Timothy lives in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife Katrina, daughter Violet, son Evan, and two giant dogs.