Timothy Long


A pianist, conductor, and educator of Muscogee Creek and Choctaw descent, Timothy conducted the 2017 world première of Missing by Marie Clements and Brian Current and is conducting the opera’s remounting in 2019 for performances in Victoria, Regina, and Prince George.

Timothy is Music Director of Opera at the Eastman School of Music. He has also served as assistant conductor at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, associate conductor at New York City Opera, associate professor at SUNY-Stony Brook, and has been on faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music.

His early training as a pianist and violinist led to his work with singers, and eventually to operatic engagements that have included companies such as the Boston Lyric Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, The Juilliard School, New York City Opera, Opera New England, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera, Shreveport Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Théâtre Municipal de Castres, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, The New Group, Baltimore Center Stage, and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, as well as Théâtre Municipal de Castres and the Prague Summer Nights Festival. Long is founding conductor and arranger for The Coast Orchestra, an all-Native American orchestra of classically trained musicians.

He has participated in numerous summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Moab Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Caramoor Festival.

After working on Thomas Adès’s operatic tour de force, Powder Her Face, Tim was named by Robert Spano to be his assistant conductor for three years at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He was subsequently named an associate conductor at the New York City Opera for two years.

Tim has had a long relationship as harpsichordist with the internationally renowned string ensemble, the Sejong Soloists. He has performed with this group at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and on two European tours with the famed violinist, Gil Shaham. These tours have included highly lauded performances in London, Toulouse, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Prague, and in the Luxembourg city of Echternach.

Off-Broadway, he was music director, conductor, and featured pianist for The New Group’s production of The Music Teacher, an opera within a play by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn. Bridge Records released a recording of this unique show with Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn in the leading roles.

Timothy is the pianist on a 2017 Naxos recording of two Dominick Argento song cycles, The Andrée Expedition and From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, with renowned baritone, Brian Mulligan.

Tim is also the music director and co-founder of Voices of Hope, an annual charity concert benefiting the Global Family Fund of the Mennonite Central Committee.

He is Muscogee Creek and Choctaw, and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his husband, Christopher Herbert, and his sweet basset hound mix, Pumpkin.

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