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Timothy Cummings, Bagpipes and Celtic Whistle

Affiliate Artist

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Tim is a widely sought-after piper and whistle player, and has been providing private tuition and performing at Middlebury for the past ten years.  As a teacher, he guides total beginners and advanced players alike on the familiar Scottish Highland pipes, Celtic 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).  He 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 (Grade 1) Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band.  In recent years he has led workshops and performed at the Beinn Gorm Smallpipe Weekends (VT), Càirdeas (The Vermont Bellowspipe School), Maine Pipes & Fiddle Weekends, the Northeast Heritage Music Camp (VT), PEI Fiddle Camp, The Pipers' Gathering (VT, CT), The Piper's Rendezvous (QC), Trad Camp (VT), the Upper Potomac Piper's Weekend (WV), the Spanish Peaks Piping Retreat (CO), the Champlain Valley Folk Festival (VT), the New World Festival (VT), the Celtic Harmonies International Festival (QC), and the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Music Festival (CO).  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), an award-winning duo album with Jeremiah McLane, 'The Wind Among the Reeds' (2016), and most recently 'On This Day Earth Shall Ring' (2017), an extensive collection of carols arranged for Scottish-style pipes.  He currently performs in a duet with McLane, and also with Triton, a trio with McLane and Alex Kehler.

Department of Music

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