Timothy J. Isham is an educator, double bassist, and composer residing in Webster, NY. He received a bachelor’s degree in Musical Studies/Composition from the Crane School of Music and dual Masters degrees in Composition and Double Bass Performance from Bowling Green State University. He has performed with the Orchestra of Northern New York, the Toledo Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Orchestra. While pursuing his performing career, he also maintained a private bass studio, was a frequent visiting artist and sectional coach with local schools and youth orchestras, and worked in the administrative offices of the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival as a grant proposal writer.
After working in music performance and arts administration for a number of years, Mr. Isham shifted the focus of his career more toward education. He went back to the Crane School to earn a teaching certificate, working as a supervisor at Crane’s chapter of the National String Project.
Mr. Isham currently teaches string orchestra in the Webster Central School District, conducting two beginning and two continuing orchestras, and directs his own summer orchestra program for rapidly advancing students. Mr. Isham is well-known in his community for composing and arranging new string orchestra works for his students as well as collaborating with other local string teachers to write music for their ensembles.