Timothy H. Waugh

Choral, Handbell, Theatre and Church Music



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Timothy H. Waugh

"A consummate and eclectic musician" ... words that a colleague recently used to describe Timothy Waugh. "Tim brings to the manuscript, podium, stage and classroom an energy and vitality that seems to ensure the success of performers of every age and ability."


Known nationally and internationally to performers of many mediums including choral,handbells, theatre and church,Tim has established himself as a tireless champion for performing arts of all types.


Serving since 1994 as Chair of the Department of Music and the Division of Fine Arts at PikeView High School, he directs choral, musical theatre, and handbell activities in a public education setting. He is in his 27th year as a public school educator, having spent 18 years teaching as an Elementary Music Specialist.


Well known to members of the community of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Tim is a popular conductor, composer and clinician for many conferences and festivals for ringers and directors. In upcoming months he will be the first to conduct the AGEHR HIGH CHALLENGE, a conference for youth ringers exploring the highest level of musicianship with handbells. He will also be featured as guest conductor for the Bells of the Cascades MOOSE-I-CAL Cruise to Alaska in August 2003 and will be a guest clinician in the 2004 Handbell Exploration International at Hershey PA.


He is well known for his work in musicality and rhythmic acuity incorporating techniques from Dalcroze and Orff in his series of workshops RHYTHMS TO RINGING

[Noack Organ Opus 90] "Working with clinician Tim Waugh has proven to be an entertaining challenge! How wonderful to be taught and forced to think (and practice physical coordination) with a smile."


He has also served many Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations as Pastoral Musician, providing direction for choral, handbell and children's music and recently retired from active church music ministry after 32 years of service. He has served for the past five years as Artist in Residence at The Beckley Presbyterian Church playing on the Noack Organ, Opus 90.


[New River Gorge Overlook]

In the summer of 2001 he became the Musical Director for Theatre West Virginia which produces three summer productions, including Hatfields & McCoys and Honey in the Rock at Grandview National Park and tours in the fall to public schools in the area. In his return to TWV he has directed the music for Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oklahoma. The fall tours included The Apple Tree and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This marked his return to the cast of TWV after a 25 year absence.


[Wizard of Oz Cast 2002]

At PikeView he founded & built the departments of Choral Music, Handbells and Musical Theatre, all of which have won awards and acclaim in their circles. The choral music departments have an uninterrupted record of superior ratings in competition since the first competitions in 1996. In 2001, the PV Chorale swept Grand Champion in competitions in Orlando, winning 1st & 2nd place trophies in traditional vocal performance, vocal jazz and ladies choir. One of the judges commented that their performance abilities placed them in the top 10% of the country.


The PV Handbell Ensemble was awarded the 2000 AGEHR Exemplary Handbell Award and has played solo concerts at area events in the past. Producing at least one Broadway show each year, the Musical Theatre Department has won critical acclaim and provides students opportunities to be a part of a musical theatre experience. The school Department of Musical Theatre has produced successful runs of top-notch musicals, among them The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Camelot, Forever Plaid, Little Shop of Horrors and Annie.


He was the founding director of the First Community Choruses and Orchestra, which performed in southern West Virginia for over 25 years, and is active as a baritone soloist for other church and community choirs. Recently he, with another choral director in his area, founded the FOUR SEASONS VOCAL ARTS ENSEMBLE, a semi-professional group of singers, pursuing high level musical vocal performance.


Tim holds a B.S. in Music Education in organ from Concord College in Athens, WV, minoring in woodwinds and voice.


In the AGEHR organization, he is the past Education Coordinator for Area V, and past West Virginia State Chair. He continues to be active in the organization in his area and across the country. He has taught in all areas of the National Guild and the Ontario Guild, as well as for various local handbell festivals, AGEHR national ringers and directors conferences, and the 1996 International Handbell Symposium in New Mexico. He was named as a Master Teacher with a concentration in Rhythmic Education by the AGEHR and conducted the first Distinctly Bronze style Youth Event at the 2001 Palm Springs Spectacular.


He is a published composer of both choral and handbell music and an author of educational articles. Tim won the 1992 composition contest in Area V with Gioioso and also won his diocesan competition for Appalachian Folk-Hymn Mass a mass setting celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Hierarchy in America. He was named Officer of the Month by the American Guild of Organists in October 1995, Employee of the Month at Mercer County Schools (110% Club) in March 1997, and was featured in AGEHR's "Overtones" magazine in March 1997. He was selected by the PikeView High School faculty as 1997-1998 Teacher of the Year.

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