Tim Betts joined the Faculty of Central Washington University in the Fall of 2005. At present he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music and Douglas Honors College, teaching viola performance, chamber music performance, and courses in the history and literature of music. Mr. Betts is violist of the Kairos String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at CWU. Known as a sensitive performer and collaborator and an enthusiastic teacher and clinician, his frequent performances and educational activities with the Kairos String Quartet and numerous regional orchestras, ensembles, summer festivals, and youth symphonies, have made him a fixture of string performance and education throughout the Northwest.
Mr. Betts serves as the Director of the Kairos Festival and Lyceum, a summer chamber music concert series and chamber music institute for advanced high school and college-age string players. Prior to his appointment at CWU, Mr. Betts was active as a musician in New York where he earned a Masters Degree in Viola Performance and served as teaching assistant to Debra Moree at Ithaca College and as teaching assistant to Patricia McCarty at the Meadowmount School of Music. He also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota where he pursued performance studies with Korey Konkol.
His recordings of chamber music can be found on the MMC, Inscape, and Navona labels and have been aired on WNYC and radio stations nationally. His playing can also be heard on the soundtracks of several major motion pictures. His most recent release on the Navona label features a collaboration with world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.
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