Timothy ShafferBass

Timothy Shaffer


Greeley, Colorado

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:


Where you live now:

Elgin, Illinois

Where did you study?

Indiana University

What do you love the most about your instrument?

The depth and power—it adds to the sound of an orchestra!

What would you be if you weren’t a musician?

A writer or a teacher

Who would you love to work with in a future musical collaboration (conductors, guest artists) who you have not previously worked with? 

I would love to play a Bruckner or Mahler symphony under Bernard Haitink.

Can you share any memorable stories about your experience with the Grant Park Music Festival? 

I will never forget performing Beethoven's 9th at Millennium Park for over 15,000 people—with thousands standing in the walkways around the great lawn for the entire program!

What’s on your playlist at the moment?

Traffic reports, Elgar, Mahler, 1970s hits.

Any hobbies? 

Reading, gardening, travel