Timothy Shade is in his fourth year as an assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music and music education at Bethel College, where he is responsible for the Bethel College Chamber Orchestra, Bethel College Wind Ensemble and private instruction in low brass. He has garnered praise for his exciting programming, engaging personality and “marvelous conducting.” Under Mr. Shade’s leadership, the instrumental music program has increased in size and intensity. In February 2012, the Bethel College Wind Ensemble gave its first-ever performance for the Kansas Music Educators Association in Wichita.
Mr. Shade holds a music performance degree in euphonium and jazz trombone from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, where he performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and was a soloist with the award winning Jazz Ensemble I. His graduate work was done as a graduate assistant in the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Fla., where he completed a music performance degree in euphonium and conducting and performed again in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Wind Ensemble, premiering a new work by Christopher Rouse, and was lead trombone with the Down Beat-award winning Studio Jazz Band.
As a trombonist, Mr. Shade has shared the stage with many well known performers such as Wessell “Warm Daddy” Anderson, John Clayton, Harold Danko, Joey DeFrancesco, Conrad Herwig, Sean Jones, Darren Kramer, Wynton Marsalis, Jim McNeely, Bernadette Peters, and The Modernaires. Performing music of all styles including jazz, blues, funk, rock, salsa and merengue, Mr. Shade has performed with numerous groups across the Midwest as well as with Carnival Cruise Lines.
Mr. Shade is also in demand as a euphonium performer. Current principal euphonium with the Wichita Wind Ensemble, Mr. Shade has also been active as a soloist. Mr. Shade has been a soloist with the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, the Dana All-Star Band, the Dana Chamber Orchestra, the W.D. Packard Band, the University of Miami Symphonic Winds, the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, the Wichita Wind Ensemble and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Mr. Shade is also active as a recitalist, having appeared in more than 50 different engagements. A proponent for new music, Mr. Shade has premiered several new works and is currently in the process of commissioning more repertoire for the euphonium. In fall 2011, Mr. Shade premiered a brand-new work for euphonium and wind ensemble, “Parallax” by Thomas Sleeper. This began a series of performances of the piece with many collegiate ensembles across the United States.
As a conductor and educator, Mr. Shade has worked extensively with many high school programs in the Midwest as a rehearsal technician and clinician. He also has been a guest conductor with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the Delano Chamber Orchestra and the Wichita Wind Ensemble. He is involved with chamber music extensively, as well as developing new compelling literature for winds. He has worked with composers such as David Maslanka, Andrew Boysen Jr., Steven Bryant, Edward Largent, James Leatherbarrow, Jonathan Newman, Christopher Rouse, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, Paul Rudy, Steve Danyew, Derek Jenkins and Thomas Sleeper. Mr. Shade is currently involved in a wind ensemble on a film project based upon the work of Ansel Adams, with composer Steve Danyew and filmmaker Cuyler Bryant.