About Timothy W. Duncan
"...while he worked beautifully with the good voices we had in the principal roles, his work with our indifferently voiced chorus was little short of miraculous. I do not mean simply in terms of energy and precision (which are usually the best one can hope for) but in richness of tone, variety of texture, flexibility of dynamics and all round excellent musicianship."
-- Wandalie Henshaw, Director of the Clarence Brown Company
Timothy W. Duncan completed a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of Tennessee under the tutelage of Edward Zambara. While he was an undergraduate student he composed original incidental music for the Clarence Brown Theater as well as conducted their productions of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas The Mikado and Ruddygore. He also conducted Paul Hindemith's Hin und Zurück and Maurya, a one act opera by Gregory Kosteck for the University of Tennessee Opera Theater.
Dr. Duncan completed a masters degree in music composition from the University of Memphis, where his principal teacher was Don Freund, and a doctorate in music composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where his principal teacher was Jonathan Kramer. Subsequent to the completion of his doctorate he studied vocal improvisation with David Moss at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, computer music with Charles Dodge at Brooklyn College,and Digital Signal Processing with Perry Cook at Stanford University.
Dr. Duncan's compositional work has received awards and grants from a number of organizations including the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs, the Southeast Interdisciplinary Fund, the Mississippi Arts Commission and Meet the Composer, Inc. He has been the Department Director of Digital Audio Technology at Cogswell College in San Jose, CA since 1998. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The 418 Project in Santa Cruz, CA, a non-profit organization that "builds community, ignites creative expression, inspires exploration, and nurtures personal and artistic growth through dance and movement art in Santa Cruz County."
In addition to his musical and educational activities, Dr. Duncan has been active in the spiritual community in Santa Cruz County since 1992.