Tim Goplerud enjoys writing music that mixes classical and vernacular musical traditions. A former double bassist who spent many years playing in jazz groups as well as symphony orchestras, he aims to write music that is inventive, melodically and rhythmically appealing, and as gratifying to play as it is to hear. His formal study of music took place at Yale University (BM in Music), The Juilliard School (MM in Bass Performance), and the Peabody Conservatory (graduate study in composition and electronic music). Principal teachers include David Lewin and Allen Forte for theory, David Diamond, Robert Hall Lewis, and Kendall Briggs for composition, Homer Mensch and Eugene Levinson for bass, and Miroslav Vitous and Dave Holland for jazz bass.
As a bassist, he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Beach Pops, Baltimore Improvisation Ensemble, and the Aspen Chamber and Festival Orchestras. His music is frequently performed at recitals and music festivals around the world, and he is a regularly featured composer at the conferences of the International Double Reed Society and the International Society of Bassists. He is a member of ASCAP.
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