Timothy L. Ellison DMA

Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music, Bassoon


Timothy L. Ellison is Director of Instrumental Activities and Assistant Professor of Music in the Division of Visual and Performing Arts at Seton Hill University. At Seton Hill, Dr. 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. Dr. Ellison holds a DMA in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he studied with Drs. John R. Locke and Kevin M. Geraldi. While at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Ellison conducted the University Band and appeared frequently as a guest conductor with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Casella Sinfonietta. Dr. 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, Dr. 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, Dr. 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. Dr. Ellison is an active clinician and adjudicator, working with student musicians across the United States. In addition, Dr. Ellison served on staff at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Summer Music Camp, which enrolls nearly 1,800 music students each year. Dr. 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: Harmony I & II, Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, Conducting Fundamentals, Instrumental Conducting, Marching Band Techniques, Methods Lab Ensemble, Instrumental Methods, Griffin Band


  • D.M.A, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro, NC), 2014
  • 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


  • World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles
  • National Band Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • The College Music Society
  • College Band Directors National Association
  • Pennsylvania Music Educators Association