Dr. Tim Winfield is chair of the School of Music and an associate professor of music at Westminster College. He has been teaching at the college since 2014. Dr. Winfield is the director of the Westminster College jazz ensemble, and teaches or has taught private trumpet, trumpet ensemble, brass chamber music, brass pedagogy, general music methods, music history to 1750, introduction to classic jazz, introduction to western music, and band practicum. A native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Dr. Winfield began playing trumpet at an early age, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He is currently principal trumpet of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, first trumpet with the W.D. Packard Band, and has been a tenured member of the Billings Symphony. Dr. Winfield has also played with the Pittsburgh Opera, River City Brass Band, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Symphony Orchestra, Steamboat Springs Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Corona Symphony, Hangar Theater, and Lake Dillon Theater. As a freelance musician, he has worked with John Williams, Barry Manilow, The Hitmen, Jack Black, Elizaveta, Silva Hakobyan, and Musical Theatre West.
As a trumpet soloist, Tim Winfield has been featured with the Westminster College Wind Ensemble, Westminster College Symphony Orchestra, North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band, and the Mercer Community Band. He has also been featured in the International Trumpet Guild Conference New Works Recital in 2017 and 2018, and the 2018 College Music Society National Conference in Vancouver, Canada. At these conferences, he performed two works which he commissioned, including Daniel Perttu’s Coast Mountainscape, and Joshua Hobbs’ Keystone Landscapes.
Dr. Winfield is an avid chamber musician, actively working with the Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet, Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio, and previously with the Vista Brass Quintet in Los Angeles, CA. The Northwest Passage Trumpet Trio was featured in the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference's New Works Recital, in Miami, FL, where they performed Fernando Deddos' Nuvens de Junho, a piece which they commissioned. During his tenure with Vista Brass Quintet, the group was in the final round of several competitions including the Coleman Chamber Competition and the Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition. The Vista Brass Quintet also worked to promote youth music education through workshops with the USC Thornton Outreach Program and the Palos Verdes Library Classical Music Series.
As a music educator, Dr. Winfield taught in the public schools of Pennsylvania, Colorado, and California. In California he has taught with Education Through Music – Los Angeles and was a musicianship and brass specialist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s flagship El Sistema program, Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA). He has also maintained an active private trumpet studio throughout Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, and California.
Dr. Winfield earned his undergraduate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in music education, then went on to earn his Master of Music in trumpet performance at Ithaca College. While at Ithaca, Dr. Winfield taught trumpet minor students, trumpet methods class, and brass methods class to undergraduate music education majors. He then went on to complete his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California. While Dr. Winfield’s focus at USC was trumpet performance, he did extensive work in the fields of music education, instrumental conducting, and jazz studies. His principal trumpet teachers include Donald Green, Boyde Hood, John Fumo, D. Kim Dunnick, Frank Campos, Kevin Eisensmith, Vince Monteleone, and Bill Pfund.