I am an extremely active professional musician regularly engaged with the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera. With over 12 years of private teaching experience, graduates from my studio are represented in some of the finest universities in North America. I maintain a heavy schedule of clinics, including private and group instruction as well as TOC work in area schools each year. As a founder of the Reveille Trumpet Collective I have built lasting relationships with composers and relentlessly explored innovative ways to connect audiences with new music.  A focus on the use of technological tools in education led to the founding of Scola in 2012, a suite of free online tools for teachers to engage with their students online. I led two professional development conferences this year in the use of technology to increase student engagement.


University of Victoria – Master of Music
University of Western Ontario – Bachelor of Music – Honours Performance


Trumpet (Utility), Victoria Symphony, 2008-Current

In 5 seasons with the Victoria Symphony I have participated in hundreds of performances and shared the stage with some of the finest musicians in the world. A diverse repertoire of classics from the orchestral canon, music from broadway, and current popular music, shows the versatility and range of a modern orchestra. Performances are regularly reviewed and featured live on the CBC.

Brass and Guitar Teacher, Brentwood College School, 2007-Current

I currently hold a placement two days a week at Brentwood College as their instructor of brass and guitar. My role is to help students negotiate their responsibilities in Brentwood’s large ensembles while creating and administering coursework that is unique to each student’s specific needs. I also perform with the students in their annual musical theatre production.

Owner/Operator of qStudios (private music studio) Victoria, BC 2005-Current

As the founder of a private music school I have been experimenting with and implementing innovative approaches to music instruction. I lead my students in audio and video recording and analysis, we use online tools to explore new trends in music, and we use regular performances in a group setting as training for musical achievement and as an exercise in constructive criticism and critical thinking.

Co-Founder/Performer, Reveille Trumpet Collective 2010-Current

Reveille is a collective dedicated to exploring new paths for trumpet while connecting performers, composers and audiences in innovative ways. As co-founder, I have commissioned and premiered pieces by renowned composers, concertized at the Banff Centre and the University of Victoria, and launched an annual international composition competition.

Founder of Scola (online tool suite for teachers) 2012-Current

Sensing a trend in education towards a growing expectation for teachers to be technology experts, I designed, developed, and released a suite of free online tools for teachers in 2012. Scola allows teachers to curate a collection of multimedia online that is used to supplement their course material. I led two district wide professional development conferences this year on the topic of using free online multimedia tools to increase student engagement using Scola as the underlying framework.


I am an experienced performer and teacher whose students have a proven track record for excellence. I am deeply engrained in Canadian professional music and my contacts in all of the major post-secondary music schools have helped many students gain a foothold in a very competitive educational landscape. I excelled during four semesters of conducting training with Gerald Neufeld at UWO, and the nuanced and intense relationships developed in small ensembles was a focal point of my chamber music coaching at the University of Victoria.  Deep collaboration has been at the heart of Reveille since its launch and negotiating delicate creative situations has been an area of strong focus. Colleagues often cite my encyclopedic knowledge of music and I pride myself on pairing high expectations with an inclusive and nurturing attitude.

Biography for Press Releases

Timothy Quinlan is an orchestral trumpeter, chamber musician and teacher living in Victoria, British Columbia where he is in high demand as a performer and clinician.  While performing regularly with the Victoria Symphony, the Pacific Opera, and the Vancouver Island Symphony, Timothy is also on faculty at Brentwood College and Minstrels Conservatory of Music, maintaining a busy performing schedule and a very large trumpet studio.

As a trumpet soloist, Timothy has given recitals and solo performances throughout Canada.  This has included concerto appearances with the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra, where he was the winner of their 2006 Concerto Competition, and with the University of Victoria Wind Ensemble where his brass quintet gave the Canadian Premiere of Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher.

Timothy is dedicated to commissioning and performing new music for the trumpet. His latest commissions of Tobin Stokes, David Snow, and the launch of the Reveille Trumpet Collective Composition Prize have lead to the founding of qPress, an online publishing company of new music for trumpet.  Founded by Timothy, it will help build an online community of trumpeters, while connecting musicians and composers for new collaborations.

Timothy completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, studying with Erik Schultz and Shawn Spicer, and continued his study at the University of Victoria, where he completed his Masters degree in trumpet performance with Louis Ranger.