“A Steinway has a mysterious way of captivating our imagination quite like no other instrument.”
Timothy Blair, Steinway Artist, is Board President of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County, Pennsylvania. He also serves on the Board of the Grammy award winning Philadelphia based Crossing Choir, chosen by Musical America as the 2023 ensemble of the year. Dr. Blair is an educational partner & professor for Steinway Asia Pacific, headquartered in Shanghai, and recently served as the American judge for Steinway Asia Pacific's Southeast Asia International Youth Piano Competition. Steinway, New York, has inducted him into the Steinway Teacher Hall of Fame & he also serves as a senior partner & distinguished professor with Alexander & Buono International of New York.
Dr. Blair, Dean & Professor Emeritus, previously served for 30 years in higher education, including 20 years as dean at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. First, as dean of the School of Music, then as founding dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts and subsequently as founding dean of the College of Arts & Humanities.
Notable accomplishments under his watch as dean include the School of Music becoming a prestigious All-Steinway School, an Apple Authorized Training Center for Education, the Samuel Barber Summer Institute for Music Educators, the Brandywine International Piano Institute, numerous Kennedy Center national awards for WCU Theatre & Dance, stellar international initiatives by the WCU Art Program, an educational partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra, WCU artist faculty recitals at Steinway Hall & Carnegie Hall in New York, & concerts by School of Music student ensembles & faculty at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Dean Blair also provided extensive donor cultivation leadership & international initiatives that include artistic & educational partnerships with the Xi'an Conservatory & the Foshan Liu Shi-Kun Music and Art School, China; and the University of Ulsan in South Korea.
Pianist Timothy Blair performs internationally & serves as a visiting clinician & adjudicator. He is a member of numerous professional organizations & boards in addition to being an NASM accreditation evaluator. Dr. Blair is National Chair of the MTNA Development Committee & has served on the Board of Visitors of the New England Conservatory of Music. He also provided WCU with leadership that resulted in national accreditation for all programs in the College of Visual & Performing Arts.
Dr. Blair has received citations for his outstanding leadership in the arts & education from West Chester Mayor Comitta, the House & Senate of Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, & the Chinese Government.
Timothy Blair has been a Steinway Artist since 2001.