Timothy Filliman, MM

Timothy Filliman

Timothy Filliman has maintained dual careers as a professional singer and a voice teacher of note in the Chicago area. In his academic career he was most fortunate to work with master teachers and coaches in performance and pedagogy. Most notably at Southern Methodist University with Dr. Berton Coffin. At Simpson College in Iowa, Filliman coached and performed with Dr. Robert Larsen, editor of the “G. Schirmer Opera Anthology” series and founder/general director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, one of the premier opera festivals in the country. While obtaining a master’s degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Filliman designed an independent study course in which he taught voice lessons to undergraduate students.

Filliman’s professional career highlights include a solo appearance on WFMT radio under the direction of British conductor Sir David Willcocks. In addition, he was seen in hundreds of performances in 12 seasons with Lyric Opera of Chicago, including a national television appearance for PBS’s “Great Performances” series and two Grammy-nominated recordings.  While with Lyric, Filliman was privileged to perform on the same stage with the greatest singers of our time as well as be directed by legendary directors and conductors.

Filliman’s solo engagements include regional opera companies and symphony orchestras. Most notably: Chamber Opera Chicago, Peoria Civic Opera, Northwest Chicago Symphony, Dallas Public Opera, Harper Festival Symphony and the Metropolitan Chamber Ensemble of Chicago.

Timothy Filliman is also a frequent lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. Most recently, he was an adjudicator for the Chicago chapter and the Northern Illinois chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, as well as a two-time judge for the Elgin Opera competition. Filliman recently served as guest lecturer for Hamilton Wings, the artist in residence program at Elgin Community College. He has also judged the IMEA and IHSA vocal competitions and served as guest clinician for one of the University of Illinois’ a cappella groups, the Extension Chords.

Currently, Filliman maintains a flourishing private voice studio, where his students are or have gone on to be professional singers, television and movie actors, music educators, voice teachers and conductors. Filliman is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, The American Guild of Musical Artists, and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.