A professor of music at St. Olaf College, Dr. Timothy Mahr conducts the St. Olaf Band, teaches courses in composition, music education and conducting. He has led the St. Olaf Band in performance at the national conferences of the American Bandmasters Association and the Music Educators National Conference, and most recently the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association. Mahr had led international tours with the St. Olaf Band to Norway, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, and enjoyed performances in Spain, France and Italy in 2014.
Mahr is a past president of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association and the Minnesota Band Directors Association. Active in 37 states as a guest conductor and clinician, Mahr has also appeared professionally in Norway, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Japan and Singapore. He was a conductor at the Southeast Asia International School Music Festival in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008. Mahr has led over twenty all-state bands, most recently the 2012 California All State Symphonic Band. Active in the community band movement, he is the principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds, an ensemble featured at the 2008 Midwest Clinic in Chicago and a recipient of the 2009 Sudler Silver Scroll Award from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Mahr’s compositions are performed worldwide and many have been published. The first recipient of a commission from the American Bandmasters Association Commissioning Project, Mahr has composed works for the Music Educators National Conference, the United States Air Force Band, the American School Band Directors Association and the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band. He received the 1991 ABA/Ostwald Award for his work The Soaring Hawk.