Timothy Shafer has concertized extensively throughout the United States, performing, teaching, and discussing the rich heritage of piano repertoire. He is the recipient of Oberlin Conservatory’s “Rudolf Serkin Outstanding Pianist Award,” Indiana University School of Music’s annual Concerto Competition, and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year” award.
Shafer has appeared both as a soloist and a chamber musician in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, maintains an active solo recital and chamber music schedule in the United States, and is a frequent soloist with regional orchestras, having appeared in more than 40 concerto performances in his career. As a member of Duo Concertant with violinist James Lyon he has recorded “Outstanding in Our Field,” a CD featuring works for piano and violin by Strauss, Debussy, and Stravinsky. He appears frequently in recital with his daughter, soprano Sarah Shafer.
As professor of piano at Penn State, he has concertized, taught, and adjudicated in South America and Asia. He is also well-known as a frequent masterclass clinician and competition adjudicator throughout the country for professional music organizations and colleges.
Shafer is the co-author of Class Piano for Adult Beginners, published by Prentice-Hall, and his articles on piano teaching and repertoire have appeared in the Piano Pedagogy Forum, the American Music Teacher, and in both volumes of The Pianist’s Craft. Shafer served for many years as the national chair of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy's Student Committee. He has mostly recently completed a decade of service as the senior music consultant for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in its publication of the new Trinity Psalter-Hymnal; the volume was just released for publication in May of 2018. Shafer earned degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Russell Squire and Timothy Shafer
A complete beginning-class presentation requiring no outside materials, this volume provides enough music and lessons for a full year or more of piano instruction and practice.
Prentice Hall, 1991
The Pianist's Craft: Mastering the Works of Great Composers
Author, Chapter 9: "Color and Gesture in the Piano Music of Franz Liszt"
Richard Paul Anderson (Editor)
Scarecrow Press, 2011
The Pianist’s Craft 2: Mastering the Works of More Great Composers
Author, Chapter 8: "The Musical Imagination of Dmitri Kabalevsky”
Richard Anderson (Editor)
Scarecrow Press, 2015