Timothy Bowlby | Theory
Born in Nova Scotia in 1958, Timothy J. Bowlby earned degrees in music from Acadia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His composition teachers include Owen Stephens (Acadia), William Brooks, Morgan Powell, and Paul Martin Zonn (UIUC); he has also worked with Milton Babbitt, Libby Larson, and George Crumb.
Tim teaches music theory, ear training, music appreciation, and a self-designed course, Film, Music, and History, at Lewis. He has also taught theory and music appreciation at Columbia College (Chicago) and ear training, composition, and contrapuntal techniques at St. Xavier University. Tim held numerous teaching assistantships at UIUC. He has also worked privately as a theory and ear training tutor, composition teacher, and on-line composition pedagogy mentor.
As a composer Dr. Bowlby is fluent in a number of musical styles. Non-tonal chamber music, however, is a particular predilection. His Mined Sets for flute, clarinet, and piano was recently premiered in New York. Currently he is writing an extended work, Verses & Decorations, for voices and instruments on texts by Ernest Dowson. His scores are available from Pelican Music Publishing and Rose & Tyger Music.
Tim is also a singer and theorist. He sings for St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lombard and the Lewis University Choir. His voice teachers include Marie McCarthy and Ingemar Korjus (Acadia), Ronald Hedlund (UIUC), and N. Delre Smith. Tim's theses and published articles focus on various aspects of modern music. Current research interests include existentialism's influence on early French dodecaphony, Thelonious Monk, music uses in film/TV, and contemporary British music.
In his spare time Tim enjoys archery, exercising, reading non-fiction, making up jokes, time with family/friends, and writing doggerel.