Tim Olt is originally from Dayton, Ohio and completed his Bachelor’s of Music Education at Wright State University. He has since earned his Master’s of Music Performance at Miami University, and then attended Florida State University for doctoral work. His music career has developed in several areas including performing, conducting, teaching, arranging and composing.
As an educator, Tim taught for three years for Versailles Schools before moving on to collegiate teaching. He has served on the faculty of Bowling Green State University, Northern Kentucky University, God’s Bible College and Adrian College, and currently teaches at Wittenberg University, Miami University and Ohio Northern University. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He has also given masterclasses at Indiana University/Purdue University of Fort Wayne, Nazareth College, Edinboro University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Tubonium Conference in Minnesota.
An extremely active tubist, Tim has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Lima, Columbus, Springfield, Middletown, Toledo, Kentucky, Tallahassee and Hamilton-Fairfield Symphonies, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Cincinnati Opera Orchestra. He has recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he can be heard with various faculty brass quintets, the Queen City Brass, and All the King’s Tubas, a professional tuba quartet. He regularly tours with the Ambassador Brass Quintet and Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band. He is also often called upon as a tuba soloist, and has performed throughout the United States and in Scandinavia and Asia.
Tim is also a prolific arranger and composer of music, with numerous published works for various chamber ensembles and solo instruments as well as a series of studies designed to prepare tuba players for orchestral auditions. His works have been commissioned by such groups as Muse Machine, Eastern Iowa Brass Band, Springfield Symphony, Lima Symphony, Colorado State University of Fort Collins Faculty Brass Quintet, International Euphonium Institute (IEI), and the Ambassador Brass. He has recently accepted a position as staff arranger/librarian for the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass. His works have been published by Solid Brass Publications, Cimarron Music Press, Tuba-Euphonium Press, and Euphonium.com.
To add to an already daunting schedule, he is often called upon to serve as conductor/music director for various ensembles. In the past Tim has led ensembles for Theatre Under the Stars, Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, Northern Kentucky, the Dayton Ballet Orchestra, and currently conducts for Miami University and Ohio Northern University. He has also been called upon to serve as a rehearsal conductor for the Lima Symphony and Springfield Youth Symphony and interim conductor of the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. Tim currently serves as Music Director for the Muse Machine in Dayton, Ohio.
When not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, Andrea, and their twin baby girls, Abigail and Anna.