Timothy Fawkes became Orchestra Director at Glenbard East in 2009. His responsibilities include teaching the Symphony, Concert, Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestras; Orchestra 1 and Band 1; and Guitar 1 and 2. He also directs the Honors Strings and the Pit Orchestra for the fall musical. Under Mr. Fawkes's leadership, enrollment in the Glenbard East Orchestra program has grown by over 50%. Recent highlights include a performance at the Illinois Music Education Conference; collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Orion Ensemble, and the Fifth House Ensemble; and performance tours to New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.
Mr. Fawkes graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a M.M. in Conducting and served as a teaching assistant in the School of Music, and Northwestern University, with a B.M. in Music Education. Prior to coming to East, he was conductor of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of some of the finest student musicians in that region, and instrumental music teacher at Shawmont School, a Philadelphia public school. He began his career at Lake Zurich (Illinois) High School, where he taught for four years. At LZHS, Mr. Fawkes oversaw rapid growth in the orchestra program and also taught band, jazz ensemble, and music theory.
Mr. Fawkes has presented workshops at the University of South Carolina and in the public schools of Illinois and Pennsylvania. He has been music director of the University of Texas Opera Society and has conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony. Recently Mr. Fawkes served as District 9 Orchestra Co-Representative for the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). He lives in Chicago, where he enjoys running, cooking, podcasting, and playing cello and guitar along the lake. Mr. Fawkes's podcast work was featured at the September 2009 edition of Pecha Kucha, a public salon.
Mr. Fawkes writes: "Glenbard East is a remarkable place. The faculty and staff here are deeply caring and committed to helping every student succeed. And the students are so full of life. I love helping young people discover the power and beauty of music, and I can't imagine a better place to do that than East."