Timothy Cunningham (b. 1999) is a recent graduate of the University of Redlands, where he studied music composition and mathematics. While at the U of R, Timothy had several works premiered, including Hymns of the Nativity, a two-movement masterwork for choir and orchestra, co-composed with Jamison Stevens; From a Distance, a piece for virtual choir and electronics, commissioned by Dr. Nicholle Andrews; and Light Eternal, a bell choir piece composed for the 75th Annual Feast of Lights. He also received many awards and honors during his time at Redlands, including the J. William Jones Endowed Scholarship, the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award, Outstanding Achievement by Sophomore Award, SAI Composer’s Award, and the School of Music Freshman Honor Award.
Deeply rooted in meditative melodies and rich harmonies, his works span several genres, with pieces written for orchestra, choir, chamber ensembles, soloists, and electronic music. Through his music, Timothy seeks to provide a sense of comfort and restoration for both performer and audience member, creating a space for all to listen and reflect. With a strong influence from his Greek heritage, Timothy’s works feature compositional techniques drawn from the beautiful melodic content of Byzantine chant and the unique texture of Greek folk music. His piece To Tsampasin, a setting of the text from a Greek folk song by the same name, won the Inaugural Phoenix Chamber Choir Choral Composition Competition in 2020 and was premiered in May of 2022.
A supporter of collaboration, Timothy has partnered with other composers, directors, and performers to write film scores, music for theater, pop songs, and concert music alike. Most recently, Timothy worked with fellow composer Jamison Stevens and poet Dr. Art Svenson, the David Boies Professor of Government at the University of Redlands, to write 12 and Change, dedicated to Krista L. Newkirk, J.D., upon her appointment as the twelfth President of the University of Redlands. This work was premiered by the University of Redlands Chapel Singers in November of 2021 and performed at President Newkirk’s inauguration in February of 2022. Along with collaboration, diversity has remained a core component of Timothy’s musical life, and he has sought out opportunities to amplify the voices of fellow composers. His junior year, Timothy worked alongside the Assistant Dean of the School of Music, Dr. Anthony Suter, as a Diversity Research Assistant at Redlands to catalogue concert and recital programs, assess the diversity of the repertoire of the School of Music, and create a plan moving forward to increase the representation of composers from underrepresented groups in the School’s programming. From there, he continued cataloguing works through the Institute for Composer Diversity’s to contribute to the choral database.
Timothy studied composition with Dr. Anthony Suter and Dr. Andre Myers, voice with Dr. Melissa Tosh, and piano with Dr. Angelica Prodan. He is the tenor section leader at First Congregational Church of Redlands and sings in the University of Redlands University Choir, under the direction of Jamison Stevens, and Ensemble XXI, under the direction of Canon Jeffrey H. Rickard.
U OF R HOSTS 75th ANNUAL FEAST OF LIGHTS
Last weekend, the University of Redlands presented its 75th annual Feast of in Memorial Chapel, back inside its original location after being held virtually in 2020 and held outdoors in 2021...
The first performance of the University of Redlands Handbell Choir was composed by Master’s Composition student Timothy Cunningham, which aimed to represent the work of all three directors of the Feast, which has been directed under the leadership of J. William Jones, Jeffrey Rickard and now Nicholle Andrews, since 1947...