Dr. Timothy A. McMillin accepted the position of Artistic Director and Conductor for the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble in the fall of 2008. His skillful and enthusiastic leadership continues the tradition begun with the ensemble’s founding 25 years ago!
In addition to his work with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble, Dr. McMillin is the Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music and serves as Chairman of the Department of Music at Simpson College, where he directs two choral ensembles, serves on the voice faculty, teaches classes in conducting, music literature, and choral studies, and mentors future choral conductors. Before his appointment at Simpson College, Dr. McMillin directed choirs in Minnesota where he created and lead award-winning high school programs.
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 throughout Iowa and the Midwest. Recently, he prepared choruses for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the chorus for 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. Dr. McMillin 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 his DMA in Choral Conducting at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Simpson College and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education with a choral emphasis at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
His professional affiliations include ACDA , where he recently served a five-year term as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Four-Year Colleges and Universities for the Iowa Chapter (ICDA), NCCO, CMS and NATS.