Timothy V. Norris, Jr.
Managing Artistic Director, RCPA and Music Director, Rainbow City Band and Purple Passion Swing Band
Timothy V. Norris Jr. served as the Managing Artistic Director of the LGBA affiliated organization, the Oak Lawn Band from 2013 - 2017. During his seven years living in the DFW Metroplex, he performed with and conducted ensembles both nationally and abroad from the Meadows Wind Ensemble, the Cathedral of Hope Orchestra, Houston Pride Band, multiple school ensembles in Texas and Oklahoma, to the Bucharest National Symphony of Romania, the Chisinau National Chamber Orchestra in Moldova, and multiple orchestras while serving Musicians Without Borders in Haiti.
Tim graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2009 with a Master's of Music in instrumental conducting where he also studied economics as a PhD candidate, researching funding models for arts and culture organizations. He also earned a Master’s in orchestral/opera performance, and Undergraduate degrees in trombone performance, and education with a minor in composition from Ohio University. In conjunction with his education, he worked for several years to bolster Ohio's musical culture by serving in the community as: Assistant Conductor to the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra and Opera; Musical Director of the Ohio Valley Summer Theater; Conductor of the Athens String Orchestra; Student Teacher and Marching Band Assistant in Athens City Schools; and founder and director of several community music/arts festivals.
Mr. Norris's awards and honors include an SMU President’s Award for Academic Innovation, Artistic Fellowship and Graduate Assistantship from the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Graduate Service Award and Artistic Fellowship from the Ohio University School of Music, the Evolyn Houk Trombone Performance Award, and the first annual Ohio University Marching 110 Arrangement Competition Award. Tim has had the honor of presenting workshops and educational clinics across the U.S. including for the Ohio Music Education Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, and International Trombone Association. Tim has served as a member of the Pride Bands Alliance’s (formerly LGBA) Board of Directors, where he chaired the Strategic Operations Committee. He has also performed and conducted, as a guest, with over 10 ensembles in the Pride Bands Alliance.
Since being hired on by RCPA in the spring of 2017, Tim has led the way in creating new performance traditions, such as the Justice for All Concert series, initiated with the hopeful focus on more diverse music presentation and new works creation. He has done quite a bit of behind-the-scenes work, recruiting and inspiring multiple members to serve our Board of Directors, in addition to building up new leadership positions for ensembles. He has also purposefully aligned performances and concert themes to support important business needs, like creating the Rainbow Ball in 2018, which incorporated a full concert band concert as a dance-along fundraising event, reinvigorating funding efforts for the whole organization. He immediately saw a rich history of compassion and love in RCPA from its founding in 1998. From that observation he has dedicated himself to perpetuating the spirit of that original Rainbow City Band and increasing visibility for its unique existence--especially marrying artistic vision to organizational operations that will sustain the needs of our members and community.
During the day, Tim is currently a musical theater Teaching Artist for Public Works Seattle and The Director of Business Systems and Operations at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle Center.