Tim Staron is Instructor of Violin and Conductor of the Hiram College Chamber Orchestra. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University. He received his Master of Music in violin performance and Bachelor of Music in composition. His principle violin teachers were Ma Si-Hon (Cleveland Orchestra), Leopold Sipe (Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra), Marcia Ferritto (Cleveland Institute of Music), and Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio (Cleveland Orchestra). He participated in Blossom Festival School master classes with Josef Gingold (Indiana University) and Bernhard Goldschmidt and Erich Eichhorn (Cleveland Orchestra).
Mr. Staron’s performing experience spans four decades and includes The Cleveland Chamber Symphony which specialized in contemporary music while in residence at Cleveland State University, Trinity Cathedral Orchestra which specialized in baroque and early classical repertoire, and the Ohio Ballet Orchestra, a premiere modern dance company. Area orchestras include Akron, Canton, and Youngstown Symphonies. During graduate studies he toured with Si-Yo Society, a chamber music organization active in New York and Ohio. In addition to his classical career he has performed and recorded with touring rock and popular national acts throughout the northeast.
Activities as a composer and arranger have earned numerous commissions, grants, and awards. Staron is the recipient of several Ohio Arts Council grants including an Individual Artist Fellowship. His work in multi media collaborations with theater and dance led to performances at prominent venues and colleges throughout Ohio.
Teaching experience includes Cleveland State University Department of Music, adjunct faculty instructor of violin, Solon Center for the Arts, instructor of violin and viola, and Kent City Schools. While teaching at Stanton Middle School he directed the 6th – 8th grade orchestras. Mr. Staron developed and directed Stanton Summer Strings, a summer chamber music program for young string students. In addition he founded and administered Portage Arts Academy, a community multi-arts school, providing individual and group instruction for elementary through high school students.
At Hiram College, Mr. Staron encourages students to continue pursuing their music interests. Hiram College offers many scholarship possibilities within the Performing Arts Department. Beginner or advanced students can sign into individual lessons or orchestra. All students have a unique opportunity of learning violin in a beginners group setting. Experienced string players are encouraged to participate in the Hiram Chamber Orchestra which draws upon the talents of the Hiram faculty and student body, area community musicians, and gifted students from numerous public school districts.