Watkins, Tim - Choir

Bass-baritone, was born in Grant, Michigan, but has spent most of his life in Texas. Timothy was raised in the border town of Eagle Pass, where his parents taught at a Mexican Bible College. Due to this proximity to the Spanish language and the fact that his parents were missionaries in Mexico, Timothy is fluent in Spanish. He holds a bachelor's degree in voice and Bible from Dallas Christian College (1985), and a Master's degree in Religious Education (1991). After graduating from Dallas Christian College, Timothy continued his vocal studies with Janice Warford in Hobbs, New Mexico. While studying with Mrs. Warford, he entered into the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist competition and was the winner in the state of New Mexico and a finalist in the Southwest US Regional competition (1988). Watkins was a member of the prestigious Sängerrunde German choir in Austin before moving to the Valley in 1994. Mr. Watkins has been the bass soloist in performances of:
  • Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (with the Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorale)
  • Casals' "El Pessebre" (with the Valley Symphony Orchestra & Chorale)
  • Complete cycle of Vaughan-Williams’ “Songs of Travel”
  • Dubois’ “The Seven Last Words of Christ”
  • Vaughan Williams' "Hodie"
  • Saint-Sans’ “Christmas Cantata”
  • Bach's cantata #140
  • Mendelssohn's "Elijah"
  • and numerous productions of Handel's "Messiah"
  • he has appeared as Balthazar in Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors"
  • and most recently played the part of the Armored Man in Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

Watkins has sung with the Southwest Symphony Chorus (Hobbs, NM), Little Traverse Bay Symphony Chorus (Petosky, MI) and the Valley Symphony Chorale (McAllen, TX) as a member of the chorus and a bass soloist.

Timothy is an avid bicyclist.  "I love being outside and biking lets me do that.  I like the exercise it affords (definitely helps in breathing techniques, which are necessary in singing), and I also love the sound of the tires on the pavement as I'm flying down the road 20 mph and more."  In the summer of 2013 Tim started his biking endeavors.  To date he has biked over 40,000 miles.

Timothy has served as the choir director in Sharyland since the 1997-1998 school year.  He is married and has four children.

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