More about Tim

Find out more about Tim


Internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and performance arts educator, Tim Waugh is well known in many performance mediums, including handbell, choral, church music and musical theatre. Early in his career he became noted for his work in conducting and teaching children and youth, and he is excited to continue those pursuits while working with children of all ages! He is a tireless champion for performance arts in the church, classroom and community.

His continued work in music follows his retirement from a career spanning over 33 years of public school music education with award-winning choral groups in southern West Virginia, and serving many churches throughout Southern WV and in Charlotte NC

Tim currently is the Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of Charlotte Bronze Handbell Ensemble, a professional community choir, based in uptown Charlotte, NC.

In 2008 Dean Jensen of THE HANDBELL PODCAST called Tim “the busiest guy in handbells” and it seems he’s tried in the following years to work hard to maintain that title! Tim still has time to pursue other facets of music-making! His conducting, workshop, and performance travels have taken him to almost every US state and to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Hong Kong, Canada, England and Ireland.

Some of his most memorable performance venues include Simon Bolivar Hall – Center for Social Action through Music – Caracas, Riverside Church and Carnegie Hall – New York City, Hampton Court Palace – Surrey, Sheldonian Theatre – University of Oxford, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral – Dublin, and just about anywhere in Puerto Rico!

He has actively founded community choruses and music festivals and has conducted or chaired many festivals for children’s choir, middle and high school choirs and bell festivals for all ages. He was most recently the WV ACDA Junior High/ Middle R&S Chair for the WV choral festivals in 2012 & 2013.

He has, thrice, taught and conducted at International Symposia,  including 1996-Albuquerque, where his commissioned piece FANCYE was premiered,  2008-Orlando, where he was featured as the conductor for the first Distinctly Teen,  and 2016-Vancouver BC,  where he was the Mentor/Conductor for SOUND EFFECTS Youth Division, who premiered his piece RECOLLECTION.

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He is often on the road conducting or teaching at many festivals and workshops he does each year. He is also an active published composer and author. His compositions of liturgical, choral, organ and handbell music are published in the US by several publishers. He is often commissioned to write new compositions for events and festivals.

Tim has won several composition contests including the 1992 composition contest in Area V with Gioioso, the 2001 Donald E. Allured Composition Commission for LondeLirinen and also won the WV Diocesan competition for Appalachian Folk-Hymn Mass, a mass setting celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Hierarchy in America. Early in 2008 his composition CreationEtere was electronically played aboard the International Space Station. The piece for handbells, brass and organ, which memorialized the space shuttle Columbia and her crew, was commissioned by Donna L. Kinsey of Morgantown WV for the dedication of the new St. Francis deSales Church.

Tim has been and continues to be associated with many organizations supporting music education, church music, choral, handbell and organ performance. He was a Nominee for the 2010 WV Governor’s Arts Award in Education, was named Officer of the Month by the American Guild of Organists in October 1995, Employee of the Month at Mercer County Schools (110% Club) in March 1997, honored with the Area V Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and was featured in AGEHR’s “Overtones” magazine in March 1997 and in 2008. He was selected as Teacher of the Year at Bluewell Elementary School in 1986 and at PikeView High School in 1997.