Tim Corpus, composer

Photo credit: Elliot Mandel

Tim Corpus is an internationally performed composer, sound designer, and arts administrator who calls Chicago home. Highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Federal Justica Cultural Center of Brazil, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, RHA Gallery in Ireland, and the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to concerts, he has been featured on CNN Money, the Sound of Silent Film Festival, 98.7 WFMT, the Connecticut Historical Society, and Classical King FM: Second Inversion.

As a composer for visual media, he has written for films, commercials, and interactive media. His soundtracks have been performed live by Access Contemporary Music and the Lake Forest Symphony. Most recently he is working as composer and sound designer for “Ira, Act I: Pilgrimage”, due out in 2021.

A recipient of numerous awards and commissions, Tim has been honored by 3Arts, ASCAP, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council. He has also received funding for his research on Filipino composer Lucio D. San Pedro where he most recently presented at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

His diverse career in the arts has included work on and off the stage as an Executive Director, Production Manager and an educator at Loyola University Chicago and Chicago City Colleges. An advocate for arts education, he has been a guest speaker and clinician presenting on a variety of topics including composing for percussion and timpani. He began his career teaching at the collegiate level at Richard J. Daley College and Loyola University Chicago. As Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony he led the organization to a historic 2018-19 season with its most financially profitable season since 2013-14. During the historic season the Symphony’s debut commercial release with composer Jim Stephenson and Cedille Records, “Liquid Melancholy”, was nominated for a GRAMMY-Award.

Tim earned his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and received his Master of Music degree in music composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He currently serves as the Board President for the Illinois Council of Orchestras, is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His compositions are published by Attacca Publishing. Learn more at his website.






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