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Hochstein Guitar Faculty - Tim Shannon

Instrument/Department: Guitar

Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2003


Guitarist Timothy Shannon has performed throughout the country as a soloist and in a variety of chamber music settings. His performance of the music of Villa Lobos has been described as “magical” and “inspired” (Jonathan Dunsby, Eastman School of Music). He has collaborated with artists such as internationally acclaimed soprano Aprile Millo and guitarist Petar Kodzas, and is a founding member of the Rochester Guitar Duo.

Dr. Shannon currently teaches at Roberts Wesleyan University and The Hochstein School, both located in Rochester, NY. Since joining the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan, Dr. Shannon has established the RWC Guitar Ensemble and the Guitar Performance Program, where he integrates the study of guitar pedagogy and the history and literature of the guitar.

Timothy Shannon completed his doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music under the direction of Nicholas Goluses. In addition to his guitar studies at Eastman, Timothy also studied Baroque performance practice with world-renown lutenist Paul O’Dette. In 2021, he completed Suzuki Book 1 training. 

During his years as a student, Timothy also studied with Joanne Castellani of the Castellani - Andriaccio Duo, as well as taken master classes with Christopher Parkening, Sharon Isbin, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his wife Donna.


2022 Faculty Service Award

The Faculty Service Award was first given in 1990 to recognize the contributions of outstanding faculty members to the work of the Hochstein School. Nominations are solicited from the entire faculty, from a list of those who have completed at least five years of teaching at Hochstein.

Tim Shannon is the recipient of the 2022 Faculty Service Award. At the Hochstein All-Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, September 6, newly appointed Hochstein President & Executive Director Hilary Respass said, “Tim joined our guitar faculty in 2003, and he was recommended by his peers for this award for his significant contributions of teaching practice, artistry, and service to the Hochstein community. He’s a model member of the type of faculty learning community we espouse.

“When I asked others about Tim, the words came quickly and easily: ‘a high-level performer, a generous artistic collaborator, someone who can teach a range of students, someone who is humble while taking pride in his students, a technology trend setter,’ and overall, someone who is the embodiment of our mission.”

Click here to read the full press release about the 2022 Faculty Service Award.