Inspiring and innovative performances are a trademark of Timothy Verville’s work as a music director and conductor. Driven by a desire to share great music with audiences and develop genuine outreach in communities, his creative and thoughtful style of musical programing has received acclaim across the country. Guided by his leadership, orchestras he has directed have achieved new organizational growth and increased audience attendance. All combined, this makes him a uniquely multifaceted and multitalented music director for the modern age.
Verville is the Robert W. Hagan Family Foundation Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared internationally at the Kyushu International Festival, and with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra, Chikushi Jogakuen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fukuoka University Orchestra. U.S. guest conducting includes the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
With the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Verville has energized audiences while expanding concert offerings. He created a celebrated multi-year American music initiative which includes performances by the organization’s orchestra, jazz ensemble, chorus, and youth orchestras. Under this series, Verville has commissioned new works and presented regional and world premieres. Most notably was the Georgia premiere of William Grant Still’s And they lynched him on a tree at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. This performance combined the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus with the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Spelman College Glee Club, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble. The resulting 200-voice chorus and orchestra received standing ovations in a highly emotion-filled set of performances.
He also designs the National Endowment for the Arts supported Sensory Friendly concerts. These community based events are created specifically for audience members with special needs and their families.
Verville served as Associate Conductor and then Principal Guest Conductor of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, and continues an ongoing affiliation with the ensemble. He was Music Director of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra, Music Director of the Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra, Artistic Director and founder of Arizona Pro Arte, and served as conductor of the Pollard Theatre.
With the Boston Chamber Orchestra, Verville began as an instrumentalist before being invited to become Associate Conductor. He directed music of Vaughan Williams for a CD release and performed as an instrumentalist on several other recording projects for U.S. and international releases. Verville also directed the orchestra on successful tours in Japan. This includes conducting a marathon four-and-a-half-hour concerto concert with eight soloists and a full chorus, and a grand finale performance day featuring three different full-length concert programs.
In Phoenix, his work with Arizona Pro Arte (an organization he founded) generated original and unique collaborative events. These included the incorporation of other artistic disciplines, organizations, and technology. This creative approach to programing resulted in exponential audience growth and sold out performances. His leadership helped build the organization to include a highly successful summer orchestral series, a chamber music program, a dance ensemble, establish a composer in residence, create a 50 minute “Symphonic Shots” performance, and institute a multi-year “Call for Scores” competition that at its height received over 920 applicants from forty countries in a single season.
Committed to sharing great new music, Verville routinely commissions and conducts regional, national, and world premieres. He has also counseled emerging composers across the country and worked with the Tucson Symphony’s Young Composers Project, which Yo-Yo Ma praised as an “extraordinary program.”
An award winner in the American Prize for Orchestral Performance, Verville was mentored by esteemed conductors James DePreist, Stephen Lord, Bruce Hangen, and Timothy Russell. Additionally he studied conducting in masterclasses with Neil Varon, David Effron, and at the renowned Monteux School and Music Festival with Michael Jinbo. He earned degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma, Arizona State University, and the Boston Conservatory.
Timothy Verville resides in Georgia with his wife and two children.