Timothy L. Ellison is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Activities in the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at Seton Hill University. At Seton Hill, Mr. Ellison teaches courses in music theory, conducting, marching band techniques, and oversees the university’s instrumental activities. He also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, the Three Rivers Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Youth Honors Concert Band.
Additionally, Mr. Ellison is a doctoral candidate in Instrumental Conducting at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studied with John R. Locke and Kevin M. Geraldi. The focus of Mr. Ellison’s research is centered on composer Joel Puckett’s Short Stories: A Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Ensemble, which was commissioned and premiered by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wind Ensemble for the 2013 National Convention of College Band Directors National Association. While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Mr. Ellison conducted the University Band and appeared frequently as a guest conductor with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Casella Sinfonietta. Mr. Ellison holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting degree from Georgia State University. While at Georgia State University, Mr. Ellison studied with Robert J. Ambrose and was a frequent guest conductor with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, and co-conductor of the University Band.
As an educator, Mr. Ellison has over ten years of teaching experience at the secondary and collegiate levels. He has taught undergraduate courses in conducting, and marching band techniques, and supervised student teachers. As a public school educator, his bands were privileged to perform for such dignitaries as the Governor of Georgia and the State Superintendent of Schools. In 2005, his high school band was invited to the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) Inaugural Marching Band Championship in Baltimore. Mr. Ellison is an active clinician and adjudicator, working with student musicians across the United States. In addition, Mr. Ellison served on staff at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Summer Music Camp, which enrolls nearly 1,800 music students each year.
Mr. Ellison is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Joined Seton Hill: 2014
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Personal Areas of Interest: Travel, Cooking
Academic Areas of Interest: Music Theory (Harmony I & II), Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, Conducting Fundamentals, Marching Band Techniques, Methods Lab Ensemble
- B.S., Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), 2001
- B.S., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN), 2004
- M.M., Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), 2011