Tim Rumsey, a composer and arranger, completed a DMA (ABD) in composition from The University of Georgia in 2012. His dissertation, Neither Life Nor Death, was premiered by Southern Adventist University in April 2012. It is a forty-minute oratorio for soloist, chorus, orchestra, and organ that presents the plan of redemption with a text drawn from multiple Biblical sources. A recording of the SAU performance can be heard online at www.LaudationMusic.com.
Tim was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, one of two children and the only son of Greg Grantt and Shirley Mae Rumsey. He was raised in a home where music was important, both parents being versatile musicians who played brass instruments and were active in music. Tim and his sister, Laura, learned to play trumpet and French horn, respectively.† He recently talked about his early experiences in music and the role both his father and his music teacher, Steve Hall, played in his development.
I started piano lessons in the second grade and then started trumpet in the fifth grade in a beginnerís band at Helen Hyatt Elementary School. Sometime in my freshman or sophomore year in College View Academy my dad, who had a minor in music and was a trombonist, and I got a brass group together, and he helped me arrange a medley of Christmas songs. It was the first music writing that I did, one I really enjoyed. By the time I finished high school, I had decided I wanted to be in music. I played under Steve from seventh-grade through academy and college.† He was a pivotal and inspiring person in my musical development, and both he his wife, Gail, were very supportive and encouraging.
Rumsey gained recognition for his gifts as a composer and arranger while still a student at Union College. A brass player, Rumsey played in the band and UCís sextet under Hall during his time there as a music major. He graduated from UC in 2000 and subsequently completed an M.Mus. in theory and composition at James Madison University.
He taught music at Shenandoah Valley for seven years following graduation from UC. He also taught trumpet as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Mennonite University for a year while at SVA and then held a teaching fellowship in theory at the University of Georgia while doing graduate work. From 2009 to 2012 he taught music at Bass Memorial Academy in Mississippi. He presently is working in a family business in Denver.
In 2008 Rumsey founded Laudation Music (www.LaudationMusic.com), a publisher of sacred, educational, and contemporary music. His music has been performed in numerous churches and schools in the U.S., by the Union College Concert Winds, Brass Union and Unionaires, and at the 2000 General Conference Session in Toronto, Canada.
He has released two CDs, Hymns for Brass, featuring arrangements of best-loved hymns for brass ensemble, and Emmanuel, a collection of orchestral/choral Christmas music performed by Paradigm Vocal Ensemble and other musicians. These CD's and music for his arrangements and compositions are available from Mark Foster Music, Alliance Publications, and Laudation Music. His music can also be heard on Masterworks of the Modern Era, Volume 11, recorded by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rumsey married Stacey June Beardsley in June 2008. They have a son, James Douglas, born in 2012.††
Sources: Information provided by Tim Rumsey, 2010, 2012; personal knowledge.
Music by Tim Rumsey
A Selective Listing
Fantasia on Adeste Fideles and Veni, Veni Emmanuel†† SATB (div.), opt. children's chorus, orchestra, 7m (2002)
Father, Today I Leave Your Side†† TB duet, SATB, piano, 6:45m (2002)
I'm Gonna Let it Shine! (Medley)†† TTBBB (a capella), 5m
Neither Life Nor Death††† Oratorio for solo soprano, alto, baritone, chorus (SATB, div.) orchestra, organ, 40 m (2012)
Praise the Lord!††† †SATB (div.), piano, 5m (2003)
Prophesy!†† †SATB, piano, 3:30m, (2003)
Sanctus† †SSAATTBB (a capella), 6m (2005)
Songs of Eden†† SATB (div.), piano, harp, cello, 18m (2001)
They Shall Soar on Wings Like Eagles†† SATB, div., (1999)
Though the Fig Tree Does Not Flourish† †TTBB (a capella), 3:30m 2010
Traveler's Prayer†† SATB (a capella), 4m (2006)
Worthy is the Lamb††† SATB (div.), brass choir (18.104.22.168), organ, timp, perc., 8m (2002)
Fanfare Prelude on Lift Up the Trumpet†† Concert Band, 3m (2003)
Fanfare for A Princess ††Brass Quintet, Organ, Timp, 3m (2008)
Fanfare on The Morning Trumpet†† Brass Choir 3m (2012)
Fanfare Prelude on Italian Hymn††† 4 Tpt, 2 Hn, 2 Tbn, Tb, Organ, Timp, 4m (2005)
Freedom Fanfare†† 6 Tpt, 5 Hn, 2 Tbn, 2 Eph, 2 Tb, Timp, Perc., 2:30m (2002)
Be Thou My Vision (Traditional)††† Brass Quintet 3m
Prism†† Brass Quintet, 5:30m (2009)
Five Sketches††† Woodwind Quintet, 6m (2004)
Meditation on I Wonder as I Wander†† Woodwind Quintet, 5:30 m (2004)†
The Sacred Pools of Hana††† †Woodwind Quintet and Piano, 9m (2009)