Timothy Phillips is 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 each spring at the John M. Long School of Music for performances and master classes. Timothy is also creator and host of a weekly program on Troy Public Radio WTSU called “Clarinet Corner,” and a Buffet Crampon, BG, and Vandoren Performing Artist. His teaching is featured on the PlayWind “app” developed by Buffet Crampon.
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 has served as Social Media Editor of the International Clarinet Association and has performed at numerous ICA ClarinetFest® conferences including those in: Lawrence, KS (2016), Baton Rouge, LA (2014), Assisi, Italy (2013), Los Angeles, CA (2011), Austin, TX, (2010), and Kansas City, MO (2008). He presented clarinet pedagogy sessions at ClarinetFest® 2021 (Virtual) and 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 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2017, 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, University of Illinois Symphonic Band, University of Illinois Summer Band, and with the Troy University Symphony Band, Troy University Concert Chorale, Troy University Percussion Ensemble, and various high school bands in the Southeastern United States. 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 in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada on their first-ever international tour. Timothy has performed as 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 Lane Harder, Noah D. Taylor, David Maslanka, Jeff Brooks, Gary Schocker, Jorge Montilla, James M. Stephenson, James David, Scott McAllister, and Bill Douglas, and he has premiered works by Alain Mayrand, Jorge Montilla, Traci Mendel, Don Bowyer, and Carl Vollrath.
In 2013, 2011, and 2009, Timothy performed and taught at Clarimania, a bi-annual event held at the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław, Poland. In 2013, he 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 International Clarinet Association High School Competitions in 2017, 2016, and 2015, the Young Artists Woodwind Competition for the Mississippi chapter of the Music Teachers National Association in 2015, 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.