Principal Conductor

Headshot of Timothy Mahr, Principal Conductor

Jenna Mahr Photography

Dr. Timothy Mahr has served as principal conductor of the Minnesota Symphonic Winds since 1999. A professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, Mahr conducts the St. Olaf Band, teaches courses in composition, music education, and conducting, and supervises instrumental music student teachers.

A past president of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1999-2001), Mahr 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, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and Canada. He has been in residence on over 35 college and university campuses as a guest composer/conductor and has twice conducted performances with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. Mahr has conducted over 30 all-state and intercollegiate bands.

Mahr’s compositions have received performances worldwide and many have been published. The first recipient of a commission from the American Bandmasters Association Commissioning Project, Mahr continues to be commissioned by universities, colleges, high schools, state bandmasters associations, and community groups nationally. Notable commissions have included works for the Music Educators National Conference, the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band, the 50th anniversary of the American School Band Directors Association and the United States Air Force Band. He received the 1991 ABA/Ostwald Award for his work The Soaring Hawk. Mahr was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 1993.

Mahr is married to Jill Mahr, musician and educator, and they have two daughters.

Additional information about Timothy Mahr can be found on his website.