Tim Christie, affiliate artist faculty at the University of Puget Sound, is the artistic director and founder of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and is active as a chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. In addition to his engagements in the Northwest, Mr. Christie performs as a chamber musician throughout the United States. He is the solo violist of the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works, violinist with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN and is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, where he serves as Principal Second Violin of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Before moving to Tacoma, Tim was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.
A native of Washington DC, Tim began his musical studies at the age of nine. He spent nine summers as a violin student at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He then went on to study with Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, where he earned undergraduate degrees in both English Literature and Violin Performance, and a MMus in Violin Performance. Following his studies at Michigan, Tim earned a fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
"The University of Puget Sound is unique among liberal arts colleges because of its integrated School of Music. Our performance students strive for technical mastery, while engaging the meaningful intersections between music and their other academic pursuits. Through their hard work and limitless curiosity, they emerge as artists. While the prevailing musical climate places a premium on “digital” accuracy in live performance, the climate at Puget Sound places a premium on insight and sincerity of expression. It is a truly rewarding environment in which to work."