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Timothy Little Trần

Alumnus, Choral Conducting


D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Washington, 2022
M.M., Choral Conducting, Louisiana State University, 2011
B.M., Voice, Shenandoah Conservatory, 2009

Artist Statement:
I believe music is central to the human experience. As a music educator, choral conductor, and researcher, I aim to connect the learning of music from song literature to a deep immersion of artistic literacy and individualized expression. My educational and artistic approach to music is not sustained by the assessment of ability and talent alone. If this were true, my own musicianship may never have come to fruition. As a multicultural person, I focus on how practical learning techniques in rehearsal and on-stage help develop emotional intelligence and relationship building for students with multiple identities. The collaborative process of establishing common terminology and gestural meaning is the culmination of my creative process; here I find that pitch, rhythm, and text are analyzed and applied literally, internally, and interpersonally. The relationship between instructor and student, conductor and singer, or peer and peer are equally as important as the common language used to understand, apply, and interpret music. 

Louisiana native, Timothy Little Trần is a singer/songwriter, conductor, church music minister, and educator. Currently, Dr. Little Trần is the Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University where he conducts choral ensembles and teaches courses within the academic music curricula.

Prior to Slippery Rock, Timothy was Executive Director of Performing Arts and Professor of Choral Music at Notre Dame College, where he shaped the department into dynamic performing divisions of music, theatre, and dance, as well as created majors in music and theatre entrepreneurship. Timothy also served as the Coordinator of Arts in Residences and Area Coordinator for the Senior Experience at Oberlin Conservatory and the Resident Director at the School of Creative and Performing Arts-Manhattan [SOCAPA], where he was one of the founding members of the Music Program. Dr. Little Trần has also held positions in Student Life & Development and Arts Marketing & Communication at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Shenandoah Conservatory, Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle, and Louisiana State University, where he also was a photographer for LSU Football and the LSU Tiger Marching Band.

Timothy holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting & Literature from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree with Vocal and Music Education studies from the Shenandoah Conservatory.

Timothy is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity and is passionate about LSU Football; his nephews and nieces; and using the arts as a medium to support students academically, artistically, and socially.


Courses Taught

Additional Courses

Chamber Singers, University of Washington
University Chorale, University of Washington 
Recital Choir, University of Washington
University Singers, University of Washington
Advanced Choral Conducting, University of Washington
Advanced Choral Techniques, University of Washington
Music Theory I, University of Washington 
Choral Music Education Practicum, University of Washington
Keep Our Choirs Singing, CLaS Resources Workshops

Chamber Singers, Notre Dame College-Ohio
Concert Choir, Notre Dame College-Ohio
Choral Literature, Notre Dame College
Music Theory I & II, Notre Dame College
Music Now & Then, Notre Dame College

Music Theory for Non-Majors, Oberlin Conservatory
Music Theory, Interlochen Arts Academy


Professional Affiliations: 
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity

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