Timothy Omerod (Woodwinds) started his musical career playing sax at the age of nine. He earned a Master of Music in bassoon performance from Northwestern University, in Evanston Illinois, where he studied under Wilbur Simpson from the Chicago Symphony. He started teaching in high school, continued through college, has taught at the College of DuPage since 1996 and in the westerns suburbs of Chicago since 1983. He studied sax, flute, clarinet, and oboe from professional performers in the Chicago area. He is a member of the National Flute Association, as well as the American Federation of Musicians, Chicago Local.
His playing experience has covered a broad spectrum: principal bassoon with the Fox Valley Symphony; sax, flute, keyboards, and vocals in top forty bands across the Midwest; Naperville Chamber Winds; Willowcreek church in Barrington Illinois; and shows, jazz, studio work, and jobbing dates around Chicago as a woodwind doubler, since 1983.
Also a composer, Mr. Omerod has written original middle school level solos for sax, flute, clarinet and oboe, where they are performed in competition each year. He also writes original music and lyrics for pop and contemporary religious genres.
As a doubler, Mr. Omerod understands the concerns of playing various woodwinds. He has experience across the entire spectrum of styles. He has successfully taught every age level for many years. He believes that playing is a passion that can always remain enjoyable, while instilling discipline and organizational ethics to insure progress.