Timothy Long was appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music at University of Rochester as associate professor of opera and music director of Eastman Opera Theatre, starting in fall 2018.
Long was named by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor at Brooklyn Philharmonic and subsequently named an associate conductor at New York City Opera for two years. He comes to Eastman from the faculty at Stony Brook University and as music director of Stony Brook Opera. Long earned a Master of Music degree from Eastman in 1992.
“Tim Long’s wealth of professional and pedagogic experience will be of great value to the students in the Eastman Opera Theatre program,” said Jamal Rossi, the Joan and Martin Messinger dean at Eastman. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Eastman faculty.”
Long is an Oklahoma-born pianist and conductor of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent, whose early training as a pianist and violinist led to work with singers and eventually to operatic engagements that include Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, New York City Opera, Opera New England, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Shreveport Opera, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. He participated in numerous summer festivals, including Aspen Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Caramoor Festival.
After working on Thomas Ades’ “Powder Her Face,” Long performed as a harpsichordist with Sejong Soloists and violinist Gil Shaham at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival and on two European tours. Off-Broadway, he was music director, conductor and featured pianist for The New Group’s production of “The Music Teacher” by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn. Bridge Records released a recording of the show with Parker Posey and Shawn in the leading roles.
“I am so excited and honored to be returning to Eastman as music director of opera,” Long said. “This wonderful school has long been a leader in its training of young musicians, and I hope to further that great tradition of excellence. To this day, I have close friends from my time at Eastman and it now feels like I’m coming home. Time to buy warm clothes!”
“We are thrilled to have Timothy Long join our faculty,” said Steven Daigle, chairman of Voice and Opera at Eastman. “Tim’s expertise and experience in all forms of lyric theater fits perfectly within the philosophy of what we offer our students. Most importantly, Tim will add, enhance and broaden the voice and opera department’s unique perspective on what is needed to create a career-minded professional singer in today’s artistic market.”
In the past year, Long conducted the world premiere of “Missing” by Marie Clements and Brian Current at City Opera Vancouver and Pacific Opera Victoria, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra with soprano Christine Goerke in the Immolation Scene from Wagner’s “Gotterdammerung” and Tulsa Opera’s 70th anniversary gala starring mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. He recently performed in a recital with mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, and with baritone Brian Mulligan and the Washington, D.C., Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center. Upcoming projects include conducting “Die Zauberflote” at Prague Summer Nights Festival, playing at National Sawdust with White Mountain Apache violinist Laura Ortman and Navajo noise artist Raven Chacon and a concert tour of China.