Timothy Geller (b. 1954) was raised in Arizona and Colorado. He studied philosophy and music at Hastings College, Colorado State University and the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; and was elected Phi Beta Kappa in 1978. While in Colorado he performed throughout the Rocky Mountain region as bassoonist with the Colorado State University Woodwind Quintet; while in New Zealand he played bassoon
with the Canterbury Orchestra, later becoming its Assistant Music Director/Conductor (1976, 1977).
Upon returning to the United States, he received a Fröhring Scholarship to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM Composition); and later, a Meadows Fellowship for graduate work at Southern Methodist University (MM Composition) where he was also Music Director/Conductor of Perspectives New Music Ensemble. His major teachers were Donald Erb and Eugene O’Brien. While in Dallas, the Meadows Museum of Fine Arts commissioned and performed Dream of Reason for the opening of the exhibit “Goya and the Art of His Time”.
Following a Composition Fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 1984, Mr. Geller moved to Boston, where he was Manager of the record label GM Recordings, owned by Gunther Schuller, producing classical and jazz compact discs and LPs; he also freelanced as a digital tape editor for record labels such as Nonesuch, Philips, CBS Masterworks, Telarc and GM Recordings. He then attended Princeton University on a Composition Fellowship where he coached chamber music and was Conductor of the Princeton University Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Geller has received numerous composition awards and fellowships including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Charles Ives Fellowship, multiple MacDowell Colony Fellowships and Massachusetts Arts Council grants, and a National Endowment for the Arts Recording Grant for Where Silence Reigns. As a player Mr. Geller has performed his Seven Last Words of Christ for amplified bass clarinet and tape at the ISCM World Music Festival, with the Griffin Music Ensemble, Boston, and the New York premier with the League ISCM.
As a conductor he has worked with new music ensembles around the country and with the Young At Arts program of the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, doing extensive work with inner city public school children in Boston as well as in other school districts in New England. This included a performance for Nelson Mandela during his U.S. triumphal American tour in April 1990, of his work Prayer for Mandela, commissioned by the Wang Center, Boston, and performed by the Griffin Music Ensemble and students from Boston Public Schools. While a Ph.D. student at Princeton University, he was Conductor of the Princeton University Chamber Orchestra as well as chamber music coach in their Performance Program.
Mr. Geller’s Where Silence Reigns was released on the GM Recordings label, and was a finalist for Best Classical Recording of the Year, NAIRD/SESAC; performed by Collage New Music Ensemble (Boston Symphony Orchestra); Sanford Sylvan, baritone; conducted by Gunther Schuller. His music is published by Associated Music Publishers/Schirmer, New York.
Mr. Geller’s orchestral composition To A Dancing God was the winner of the 1998 Alberto Ginastera International Composers Competition and was premiered by the Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria in 2000. Commissions include the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard University), Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (Boston), Front Range Chamber Players (Colorado) and the Princeton University Chapel.
Since 2002, Mr. Geller has worked for the Boston Symphony as Score Reader for orchestra video production at the Tanglewood Music Festival. His other passion in life is building healthy and sustainable communities, creating affordable housing and economic development opportunities throughout rural western Massachusetts, eastern New York state and northwest Connecticut. He is Founder and President of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund and Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Stockbridge Land Trust, the Great Barrington Land Conservancy, BerkShares local currency, and HousingUs as part of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. On his own time, he sings in the Cantilena Chamber Choir and enjoys back-country skiing, hiking, swimming, cycling and fly fishing.