Timothy Syrell may be a recent convert to Sibelius but is no stranger to the world of music. Majoring in music education and music composition/arranging, in 1974 he earned his undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam, and in 1976 his MM from Ithaca College, becoming a sought-after instrumental music teacher in upstate NY, southern NJ and the Boston suburbs. His composition, arranging and conducting instructors include a notable of list of musical luminaries, including Howard Hanson, Frederick Fennell, Robert Washburn, Elliott Del Borgo and others.
Following a statewide public financial crisis in Massachusetts in 1980, he changed careers, joining EFHutton, where he was recognized nationally as an outstanding leader. He later served in executive positions at Merrill Lynch, MFS, American Funds and Wells Real Estate Funds. In 1995 he founded Spectrum Advisory Group, an independent financial planning and investment advisory practice, located in Queensbury, NY.
He has continued to compose and arrange, and has been a guest clinician/conductor at various musical events in the Northeast US. He has been principal clarinetist with the Skidmore College Orchestra, the Colgate University Symphony, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Wind Symphony, and the Adirondack Winds, as well as vocalist with the nationally-recognized Saratoga Chamber Singers. His more recent compositions include: Symphonic Metamorphosis for Orchestra, Two Moods for Orchestra, An Adirondack Adventure, and A Highland Suite, which is currently undergoing final preparation for posting on this website.
He has been the recipient of various awards, commissions and recognition for his original compositions and imaginative arrangements. He has scored works commissioned by the NYS Council on the Arts, and served as musical director for numerous community musical productions.
Tim credits his discovery of Sibelius to his nephew, Stephen Syrell, a recent Music Ed graduate from Mansfield Univ., PA, and to his late friend and music mentor, film composer Michael Kamen.