Tim McMillin '97

Professor of Music - Director of Choral Activities/Voice

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DMA, Choral Conducting,
Michigan State University, 2010

MA, Music Education,
University of St. Thomas, 2004

BM, Music Education,
Simpson College, 1997

Timothy A. McMillin is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Simpson College, where he serves as Chairman of the Music Department, directs the Chamber Singers and College Choir, is a member of the voice faculty, and teaches classes in conducting, music literature, and choral studies.  He also serves as Co-Director for Simpson College’s Master of Music (M.M.) in Choral Conducting degree, offered in an intensive, three-summers program. Before his appointment at Simpson College, Dr. McMillin directed choirs in Minnesota where he led award-winning high school programs. He is a proud alumnus of Simpson College and is happy to be able to give back to the community that was so influential in his early development as a musician.

McMillin grew up in Elkader, IA, a small town in NE Iowa. He was active from an early age in the arts. In addition to his passion for academia, Dr. McMillin is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, a selectively auditioned chamber choir in the greater Des Moines community committed to excellence in choral artistry.

Choirs under Dr. McMillin’s direction recently appeared at the Iowa Choral Directors Association’s (ICDA) Summer Symposium. Dr. McMillin is often called upon as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator around the Midwest.  Recently, he prepared choruses in collaboration with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Des Moines performances of the national touring company’s Star Wars: In Concert.  He also performed with, served as auxiliary chorus master and was a member of the stage management staff with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Over the years, he directed various high school musical theater programs and performed with numerous community theater organizations.  Dr. McMillin’s choral experience took him to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he served as Producer and Company Manager for the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional festival choir.  He was also recently involved as a performer with the Jonathan Griffith Singers during an international tour throughout Turkey and sang in Winchester, England, under the direction of Paul Spicer.

Dr. McMillin earned a doctoral degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and degrees in music education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Simpson College.

His professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), where he served as Repertoire & Resources Chair for Four-Year Colleges and Universities and Community Choirs for the Iowa Chapter (ICDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), the College Music Society (CMS), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Catch some recent choral performances at Simpson here!

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