Timothy Paul Banks, D.Mus.A.

Professor, Choral Studies and Conducting,  School of Performing Arts, Samford University

Timothy Paul Banks teaches conducting, choral literature, and voice courses at Samford University.  Dr. Banks also pursues an active performance schedule as a conductor of the Samford University A Cappella Choir, in addition to a yearly schedule of performances in choral-orchestral music and music theatre. 

Dr. Banks received the B.M. degree in Music Education and Voice from Samford; the M.M. and the D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he was a student of Lynn Whitten (choral conducting and literature), Walter Collins (choral bibliography) and Giora Bernstein (orchestral conducting).  Additional study includes work at Yale University (on the manuscripts of Charles Ives) and a conducting internship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.   He has served as the Director of Choruses for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has conducted choral, orchestral and music theatre performances with many regional organizations.  His international study and concert performance credits include work in England, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the People's Republic of China.  On four occasions since 1991 Dr. Banks has served as Professor-in-Residence for the Samford London Study Program, a cross-curricular program based at Samford’s Daniel House in London.

Dr. Banks is a past Alabama state president of the American Choral Directors Association and serves as faculty advisor for the Samford student chapter of ACDA.  He currently serves as Alabama ACDA’s R&S chair for Youth & Student Activities.  His articles on choral music have been included in various ACDA publications in the past years, including his index of choral-related articles in the Journal of the American Musicological Society as a part of the ACDA Monograph series.  He has presented numerous conducting pedagogy sessions for choral and instrumental education organizations, and is the author of the textbook, A Conductor’s Lexicon: Resources for Basic Conducting Study(Highlands House, 2005.)