Biography

Timothy Abbott, woodwind specialist, currently resides in New York City. He performs on all of the woodwind instruments, from piccolo down to contrabassoon, for musical theatre shows. He currently owns and plays every major woodwind instrument and a healthy supply of other less traditional woodwinds. At last count Timothy's collection contains approximately 30 unique woodwind instruments.

Timothy moved to New York after living and performing across Southeast Michigan. He was a member with the Adrian, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Flint, and Warren Symphonies, and was a frequent substitute with many other local orchestras, including the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ann Arbor, Saginaw Bay, and Oakland Symphonies. In addition to his performing career, Timothy was a dedicated private instructor for the bassoon with students from Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas.

Originally from Maryland, Timothy showed an early interest in music, starting the piano as a young child. He switched to the flute in the fourth grade and quickly showed great promise, rising to the top of his class and performing in every ensemble possible. In the sixth grade, frustrated with the limits of his band program, Timothy began his life as a bassoonist. Unable to decide on just one instrument, he pursued both the flute and the bassoon throughout high school. He was soon participating in multiple community youth band and orchestra programs on both instruments. His senior year of high school, Timothy was selected to be in the Maryland All-State Orchestra on BOTH the flute and bassoon, only the second musician in the history of the program to earn double instrument acceptance. Furthermore, he had the great fortune of performing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center on multiple occasions and traveling to Scandinavia for an orchestral tour.

Timothy completed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University in 2008 where he graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance as well as a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While at Indiana University, he studied primarily with Arthur Weisberg and William Ludwig. He also studied with Christopher Weait and Timothy McGovern on the modern bassoon and spent one year with Michael McCraw on the baroque and classical bassoons. Timothy spent a semester abroad in 2007 at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Conservatorium where he studied with Andrew Barnes.

In 2010, Timothy completed a Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance and a Masters of Music in Chamber Music at the University of Michigan under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Lyman. While at the University of Michigan Timothy performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Band and was a guest performer with the Orpheus Singers and the Concert Band. A chamber music enthusiast, Timothy performed in many chamber groups ranging from small duos to large mixed ensembles. During his time at the University of Michigan, Timothy was selected to attend the National Repertory Orchestra Music Festival in the summer of 2009.

Outside of music, Timothy spends his time playing with his amazing cat Chloe, reading, running, and indulging in his passion for cooking and baking.