Timothy K. Sawyer
Director of Choral Activities; Associate Professor of Music – College Choir, Varsity Men's Chorus, Conducting
Faculty member since 1989
Timothy Sawyer is a widely known conductor and educator, and a veteran of many professional choirs, among them the Dale Warland Singers, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and the Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence. Sawyer’s conducting teachers include Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Gregg Smith, Vance George, Margaret Hillis, and Dale Warland. He has conducted choral performances throughout the United States, Europe and South America, and for state and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Active as a festival conductor, he has led all-state and honor choirs throughout the United States, and internationally in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. From 1997–2004, he was associate conductor of the Minnesota Chorale, preparing choruses for performance with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has served as choir director at The Colonial Church of Edina since 1995. In 2004, he became Artistic Director of the Two Rivers Chorale, a Minneapolis-based community chorus.
Sawyer is cited in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and he acquired a Grammy Award in 2000 with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus. From 1998 to 2002, he served on the board and planning committee for the Sixth World Choral Symposium, hosted by Minneapolis/St. Paul. He has been on the artistic staff of the Toronto Bach Festival, and currently serves as Associate Director of the Oregon Bach Festival's conducting master class. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the International Christian Music Academy in Ukraine. He is a member of the board of Music in World Cultures, an international faith-based organization at the forefront of a growing movement dedicated to the establishment and advancement of the use of music as a strategic tool in developing cross-cultural relationships.
B.A. (Bethel University);
Office Location: Totino Fine Arts Center 2308