Tim Fawkes

Orchestra Director, Glenbard East High School

IL ASTA Teacher Enrichment Workshop Co-Chair

Tim Fawkes has taught music at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Illinois since 2009. Tim’s responsibilities at East include four levels of orchestra, two levels of guitar, and several co-curricular ensembles and clubs. He 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.


Tim’s teaching career has spanned several states, grade levels, and content areas. He was assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of some of the finest student musicians in that region, and instrumental/general music teacher at Shawmont School, a Philadelphia public school. He began his career at Lake Zurich (Illinois) High School, where he taught orchestra, band, jazz ensemble, and music theory.


A passionate advocate for expanding access to the arts, Tim has managed education and community engagement programs for The Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. He has been music director of the University of Texas Opera Society and has conducted the Dallas Wind Symphony. Tim was a featured speaker at the September 2011 edition of PechaKucha, a public salon series. In addition to his work on cello and guitar, Tim plays trumpet in the Chicago band Midnight Hour, which pays tribute to Memphis soul music of the 1960s.

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