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Timothy Hsu, D.M.A.

Orchestra, Violin, Viola

Timothy Hsu, D.M.A.
Contact Info
Office:
Art/Music (AM) 163

Bio

Dr. Timothy Hsu, dedicated teacher, active performer, and conductor, serves as Colorado State University-Pueblo’s violin and viola artist-in-residence as well as its orchestra and chamber ensemble director. He is also the Pueblo Symphony’s current concertmaster and the assistant concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado Springs, CO. Hsu’s playing has been lauded as having “heavenly moments” (Derek Townley, The Pueblo Chieftain). His performances have led him across the globe and to concert venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a soloist, Timothy has performed with several different orchestras, including the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs.

As a chamber musician, he currently performs and teaches with the Prometheus Piano Trio at CSU-Pueblo who concertize regularly throughout the United States. Timothy has also been a member of the Ft. Smith Symphony in Arkansas, the Dubuque Symphony and Waterloo Symphonies in Iowa, and served as Principal Second Violin in the Orchestra of the Pines in Nacogdoches, TX. As a conductor, Dr. Hsu has conducted honor orchestras including the Pikes Peak Honor Orchestra in Colorado Springs, CO. He has also been an adjudicator for numerous competitions in the state of Colorado including the MTNA music competitions and the Pueblo Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Throughout his career, Timothy has been actively involved in community engagement initiatives. He joined forces with the Pueblo Symphony and the music department at CSU-Pueblo to bring back the Pueblo Youth Symphony in Pueblo, CO. One of the special projects he co-created with the Prometheus Piano Trio is the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp that offers students a combination of rigorous musical studies and fun outdoor activities. Timothy has served as violin faculty for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, an El-Sistema inspired music program that provides free music instruction to students in underserved communities. He was also a violin instructor for a similar program at the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program. Through his work with OrchKids, Dr. Hsu was given the opportunity to travel to Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s intensive El-Sistema summer seminarios.

In collaboration with the Prometheus Piano Trio, Timothy co-founded the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp held on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The mission of Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp is to create a community of young Colorado musicians through building an enduring passion for music, embracing teamwork through outdoor adventures, and encouraging self discovery through the nurturing of skill development, tenacity, and integrity.

Timothy has been the recipient of the Peabody Career Development Grant and the University of Iowa School of Music Travel Funds Grant. In competition, Dr. Hsu also received first prize in the MTNA Young Artist’s Competition State Division. Timothy has attended numerous musical festivals as a violinist including the Aspen Music festival and The National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute. As a committee member, Timothy formerly served as the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association’s Commissioned Composer Chair for two years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, received his master’s degree from Peabody Conservatory, and completed his doctorate at the University of Iowa under Professor Katie Wolfe. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melançon. Timothy’s favorite activity is going to new restaurants and trying new foods.

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