Timothy Cummings is a Vermont-based composer and multi-instrumentalist (chiefly a piper) who enjoys an uncommonly diverse repertoire. His music spans from contemporary and sacred music to the traditional melodies of the British Isles, Appalachia, Cape Breton, Brittany, and beyond.
Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education (The College of Wooster, Ohio), both a B.A. Honours degree in Ethnomusicology and an M.A. in Musicology (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), and spent a semester at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Piping Centre (Glasgow).
Tim was the 2002-03 Artist in Residence at The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada (Summerside, PEI). While living in New Zealand, Tim was a member of the highly competitive Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band. In recent years he has been leading workshops and performing at a variety of festivals and gatherings throughout eastern North America. He performs regularly with accordionist Jeremiah McLane and violinist/nyckelharper Alex Kehler, and is currently on faculty at Middlebury College and the Middlebury Community Music Center, offering private tuition on the Scottish pipes and tin whistle.
In addition to teaching and performing, Tim operates Birchen Music & Publishing, a cottage industry devoted to publishing a diverse array of new music for Scottish-style pipes. He also writes for the National Piping Centre’s Piping Today magazine.
Recent projects have included his first solo album, The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia (2012, with backing from Pete Sutherland and Caleb Elder), composing the original score for the indie Scottish film ‘To Kill a Kelpie’ (recorded in 2013), publishing How Can I Keep from Singing?, a collection of songs arranged for voice & smallpipes (2014), The Wind Among the Reeds, a duo album with Jeremiah McLane (2016), and On This Day Earth Shall Ring, a collection of traditional carols arranged for pipes (2017).