You might not be used to seeing 33-year-old conductors take control of symphonies, but Timothy Verville is one young local musician taking charge of Valley orchestras. As conductor for Arizona Pro Arte, associate conductor for Boston Chamber Orchestra and music director and conductor of the North Valley Chamber Orchestra, Verville guides symphony members to perform better together than they ever could on their own. There is no need to dress up in fancy duds to watch Verville in action — Arizona Pro Arte, which he helped co-found, is an innovative musical collaboration that pairs an orchestra (with about 50 members) with live art, ranging from silent films to visual slideshows. Check the group out Saturday, June 15 at Tempe Center for the Arts, and keep reading to hear why Verville wanted to be a conductor — as well as five reasons why he loves living in the Valley.
What brought you to Arizona?
I had just finished my Master’s Degree in orchestral conducting at the Boston Conservatory, and ASU had offered me the chance to come here to get a doctoral degree. I came here 4 years ago but am originally from Oklahoma. Continue reading