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  • Tim Corpus is a composer with a genuine lyric impulse. He writes music that is at the same time challenging and appealing – which should be the ideal of any composer. He has a wonderful ear for sound and for shape. This is a composer with a real and important voice.

    Henry Fogel - Dean, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University
  • Tim Corpus’ music is complex, original and steeped in tradition. His Three Pieces for Five Timpani is clearly an extension of the composers, such as Elliott Carter, that came before him. The pieces are challenging but fulfilling to learn and perform. Possibly the most important thing about Tim’s timpani writing is that audiences will enjoy listening to his compositions. He is taking solo timpani writing to the next level.

    Ed Harrison - Principal Timpanist, Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Tim Corpus is a wonderfully skilled composer who has important things to say with his music. His debut album, Breath, is extremely impressive. Beautiful and exciting music to be sure!

    Larry Alan Smith - Professor of Composition, University of Hartford
  • The melodic gestures in Tim Corpus’ masterful piece for strings, Breath, are paced so that a listener’s respiration pattern aligns itself instinctively with the slow and even pulse of the piece. Breath creates a powerful performer/listener symbiosis, a remarkable accomplishment on the part of the composer.

    Steven Gryc - Professor of Composition, University of Hartford
  • …[Three Pieces for Five Timpani] is an outstanding addition to the literature for timpani and great for advanced recital programs.

    George Frock - Professor Emeritus, The University of Texas
  • I recently had the pleasure of conducting the premiere of First Flight. It is artfully written, fresh, unique, and best of all – a beautiful piece of music! Tim is a major talent with big things in store for his future. My students loved rehearsing and playing it, and the audience went crazy for it. It clearly deserves a permanent place in the repertoire of any serious wind ensemble. I can’t wait to program it again!

    Stephen Squires - Conductor, Chicago College of Performing Arts Wind Ensemble
  • Tim Corpus’s music is beautifully lyrical, nicely voiced and technically well-realized. In person, he is a pleasure to work with. We very much enjoyed recording his first two string quartets and hope to see more from him in the future.

    Jen Leckie - Violin, Grant Street String Quartet
  • In the years I have known and worked with Tim the one thing that has struck me is his lack of ego. All the creativity, passion, and knowledge without the sometimes unprofessional behavior that comes from working with those in creative fields. I look forward to his music being involved in my future projects.

    Jeffrey Dean Hampton - Pianist, Instructor at Community School of the Arts
  • I have worked with Tim Corpus as a performer, composer and teacher. He brings passion and energy to his craft. He is a young lion who is making his mark on the Chicago music scene.

    Kevin Miller - Retired Band Director, Schaumburg High School
  •  Tim Corpus is an outstanding musician and composer that is an absolute thrill to work with.  Over the course of many projects he has shown the type of dedication, collaboration, and quality of work that assures that his music and teaching will superior.  Tim’s compositional style is deliberately thought out to meet the needs of the performers and the occasion while maintaining a high standard for quality music.  His musical ideas are both forward thinking and respectful of his influences while still always being accessible to the musicians.  Tim is a composer and musician that prides himself on outreach and education and has always shown excitement for working with young musicians and spending as much time with them as possible.

    Michael Lipinski - Band Director, Yorkville Middle School
  • I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tim for almost 6 years now, and I learned very quickly that his passion and talent as a performer and composer are unquestioned. Everything he does is handled with a rare combination of intensity and care, and his works display such attributes. His lyricism in particular, along with his rich, beautiful harmonies and intricate polyphony set him apart from many of his colleagues. In a world littered with simple, non-intellectual music, Tim is breaking through and creating a new, exciting, accessible, and, most importantly, intelligent style of music that is imperative to the future of our art form.

    Matt Bronstein - French Horn
  • Breath is very professionally produced, and the overall impression is of a lyrical and rhapsodic voice. I think Breath is a great starter, very ample and serene, even ecstatic.  The second quartet is lively and engaging throughout.

    Dr. Robert Carl - Composer


Tim’s Latest Work

Op. 62, Live Together, Die Alone
Op. 61, The Seven Etudes I Met In Music School
Op. 45, Three Pieces for Five Timpani
Breath, Op. 28c

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About Me


From concert music to music for media, I compose for a variety of settings. My music has been heard around the world with performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Museum of Modern Art, RHA Gallery in Ireland, Centro Cultural Justiça Federal of Brazil, Chicago Cultural Center and the Arts Club of Chicago. Highlights include performances by Fulcrum Point, Third Coast Percussion, Roosevelt University, Palomar Ensemble and the Concorde Ensemble.


As a percussionist I have performed with numerous ensembles, including the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Lakeshore Symphony, Capital Winds and more. In addition to playing with large ensembles, I am a founding member of the Chicago Percussion Quartet.


Since 2005, I have taught lessons and college courses in music at many different schools including Chicago City Colleges, Monmouth United High School, Loyola University Chicago and Capital Preparatory Magnet School. Currently I am the Drumline Instructor for Loyola University Chicago and the Education Coordinator for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra.


Cups of Coffee


Broken Drumsticks


Different Compositions


Winning Awards

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Well the highlight of the evening was having a glass of wine with the legendary retired Executive Director of CYSO, Jeannette Kreston.

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