Timothy Michling is principal oboist of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing for A2SO chamber and educational ensembles. Tim also appears frequently with numerous other area ensembles, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. Tim is an accomplished woodwind specialist/multi-instrumentalist, and, in addition to being an avid bagpiper and tin whistler, he was a member of the pit orchestra during the 2003-2004 North American Tour of Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," playing oboe, English horn, flute, piccolo, clarinet, and bassoon. As a performer and recording artist, he is equally sought after by classical, theatrical, folk, and rock ensembles.
A dedicated educator, Tim is a member of the music faculty at both Oakland University and the University of Michigan-Flint. He serves his fellow Ann Arbor Symphony musicians as chair of the Orchestra Committee, as an ex officio member of the A2SO board of directors, and has also served as delegate to the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA). A dedicated arts advocate, he endeavors to be a positive voice for artists and the arts community; Tim believes ardently in the power of the arts to empower individuals and build stronger communities, and he remains passionately committed to community service and outreach.
Tim earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied the oboe with Nancy Ambrose King. In addition, he studied the oboe with Allan Vogel at the prestigious Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where he earned his Artist Diploma. Tim also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the Wayne State School of Medicine.
When not performing music, Tim conducts public policy research as a research associate at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. He previously worked on staff in the Michigan House of Representatives.