timothy ishiiAfter teaching at Texas Wesleyan for 13 years, Tim took over as Director of Jazz Studies at UT Arlington in 2004.  Under his direction, the Jazz Orchestra has performed in Mexico City, throughout Texas and the surrounding Metroplex.  In 2007 the Jazz Orchestra was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio, Texas and the band was awarded the “Gene Hall” award as the Outstanding Collegiate Band at the 2009 University of North Texas/City of Addison Jazz Festival.  The festival included bands selected by taped audition from coast to coast.  Tim is active as a clinician and has conducted high school and college honor bands in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.  He is Past President of the Texas Jazz Educators Association and is Music Director for the International Jazz-n-Youth Exchange, a joint collaboration between Germany, Texas, and Hawaii.  In June of 2014, the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Faculty traveled to Rheine, Germany to perform and teach in the exchange program.  In June of 2015, the exchange will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii and the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra and Jazz faculty will again be guest performers and instructors.  In addition, Tim and the UT Arlington Jazz Faculty have been invited to perform and provide educational enrichment at the 2015 Maui Jazz Festival.  Tim maintains a busy freelance performance schedule and also continues to teach private lessons to area high school students.  In December 2014, he will appear as guest artist with the Iolani High School Jazz Band  (Honolulu, Hawaii) in Kobe, Japan performing at the Konan Boys High School Winter Jazz Festival and Konan Women’s University.  Tim oversees the saxophone studio at UT Arlington and serves as Associate Chair of the Music Department.  In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor.