TIMOTHY MICHAEL POWELL is a composer, conductor, and music educator (not necessarily in that order!). Called "a skilled composer who understands the voice in all stages of development" by New York Concert reviews, Timothy also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. He was one of only 25 educators in the United States to be named a Semi-finalist for the 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award, and won the American Prize in Choral Performance in 2012. He was the 1999 National Choristers Guild Scholar, and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria with the Bulgarian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to his appointment at Oglethorpe, Timothy successfully led choral programs in middle school, high school and colleges, performing multiple times by peer-reviewed invitation at state NAfME conferences and at the 2014 Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Jacksonville, FL. His international choir tours have featured performances on Easter Sunday at the famed St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the home church of J. S. Bach, and at the Vatican.
Timothy holds a DMA in Conducting from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Belmont University, where he studied with Tim Sharp. His scholarly performing editions of movements from Bulgarian composer Dobri Hristov's Liturgy No. 1 are published through Musica Russica. His compositions include numerous major works, including his Wedding Mass, premiered at Carnegie Hall, the American Prize semifinalist Incarnatio Mysteria, which was premiered at Lincoln Center in 2011 and St. George and the Dragon, a collaboration with renowned poet and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, premiered in April 2014 at Lincoln Center to rave reviews. He is published through Spivey Music Press, MusicSpoke, Morningstar Music, and Alliance Music Publications. Dr. Powell holds memberships in ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, NAfME, and ACDA. He and his wife Jennifer have three musical children.
"Mr. Powell has written a work that allows younger singers to showcase their developing talents, without making it sound pandering, a mark of a skilled composer who understands the voice in all stages of development. Including a piano and violin accompaniment, [St. George and the Dragon] was led with the steady guiding influence of Mr. Powell. It was given a standout performance by some up-and-coming talents. It is always a treat to see the smiles on the faces of these young performers as they give it their all. It is an image I never tire of, and when it is paired with a polished performance, it is all the better. The audience loved it and rewarded the group with a standing ovation, ending what was a great evening of music."
-New York Concert Reviews
"I expected the Carmina Burana to be a knockout, but the Powell Wedding Mass took me by surprise. I hope to hear more from Mr. Powell.
Sundance Outdoor Adventure Society
"Powell's Mass in C major No. 1 (Wedding Mass) is a challenge to the traditional; joining the contemporary choral expression to the academic heritage of medieval times....No rigidity but love in the entire composition." -Anibal Hernandez M. Gemzel
from Time Disappearing and Spirit Remaining
"I was in awe to have been given the privilege to hear this piece, which was so heavenly, tender and pure that it reduced me to tears. The tempos and melodies of the different movements of the piece ushered me through periods of worship, awe and praise as they sang about the mysterious and wonderful incarnation of Christ."
from letter to The Augusta Chronicle