Timothy Cummings, Bagpipes and Celtic Whistle

Affiliate Artist


www.timothycummings.com  |  www.birchenmusic.com

Tim is a widely sought-after piper and whistle player, and has been providing private tuition at Middlebury for the past six years.  He guides total beginners and advanced players alike on the familiar Scottish Highland pipes, whistle (a.k.a. penny- or tin-whistle), Border pipes, and Scottish smallpipes.  A diverse repertoire, including music from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Brittany, and Appalachia, is taught both by ear and with the aid of sheet music.  Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education (The College of Wooster, OH); and both a B.A. Honours degree in Ethnomusicology and an M.A. in Musicology (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand). 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 led workshops and performed at the Northeast Heritage Music Camp, the Beinn Gorm Smallpipe Weekend, Maine Pipes & Fiddle, The Pipers' Gathering, PEI Fiddle Camp, Càirdeas, Trad Camp (VT), the Upper Potomac Piper's Weekend, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and the New World Festival.  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 Piping Today magazine.  Recent projects have included his first solo album, ‘The Piper in the Holler: Tunes from Appalachia’ (2012), composing the original score for the indie Scottish film 'To Kill a Kelpie' (2013), and a duo album with Jeremiah McLane, 'The Wind Among the Reeds' (2016).


Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753