Professor of Music
Wilson Hall 4024
Timothy Gaylard, Professor of Music, joined the faculty at Washington and Lee University in 1984. He was Head of the Department from 2000 until 2008 and is Interim Chair for 2012-13. He is both a musicologist and a pianist.
As a musicologist, Professor Gaylard's recent research includes work on English piano music, the history and development of the Prague Spring Festival, and the piano music of Liszt. He has given papers for the American Musicological Society on "Charon Dialogues" and "The Meeting of Mozart and Beethoven in 1787." He has also published several liner notes for recordings, including those by Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, and other singers on the Gala and Bella Voce labels.
As a pianist, Timothy Gaylard has won several prizes and awards in music festivals and competitions in Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec, and has performed on radio and television in both the United States and Canada. He has played as soloist with the Ottawa Civic Symphony, and with the orchestras of Carleton, Columbia and Washington and Lee Universities.
Since coming to Lexington, Professor Gaylard has performed in public often, both as soloist and accompanist. He has given performances with oboist Lillian Townsend Copeland, tenor Scott Williamson, sopranos Amy Cofield Williamson, Amy Cochrane and Christine Schadeberg, and baritone Keith Spencer. He has worked with Opera Roanoke, the Glebe Scholars program, the Rockbridge Community Chorus, and the Alumni College program at Washington and Lee, both on campus and abroad. He has given many solo recitals at Wilson Hall.
At Washington and Lee he teaches courses on Classical Music (Music 231), Romantic Music (Music 232), American Music (Music 220), Seminar for Music Majors (Music 395), Introduction to Music (Music 120), solo piano (Music 141-143P, 241-243P, 341-343P, 441-443P) and a Spring Term course (Film 285) on "Music in the films of Stanley Kubrick". He also acts as advisor to senior music majors in piano performance and in music history (Music 473 and Music 493).
Since 1989 he has been the director of the Washington and Lee Concert Guild, an organization which sponsors a series of classical concerts performed by nationally and internationally renowned artists and ensembles.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, he studied piano with Irene Woodburn Wright and later with Ross Pratt at Carleton University where he received his B.A. in Mathematics (1975) and B.Mus. degree (1976). Professor Gaylard also has two A.R.C.T. degrees from the University of Toronto in piano performance (1972) and pedagogy (1974), and a diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg (1974) where he studied with Winfried Wolf. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University in New York with a dissertation on "Musical Dialogues in Seventeenth-Century England" (1987, 2 vols., 613 pp.).
Professor Gaylard is a member of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, the Mozart Society of America, the American Liszt Society, and the Music Teachers National Association.
He lives in Lexington with his wife, Catharine, voice instructor at Washington and Lee, and they have three children, a son-in-law and a grand-daughter—Elizabeth, Valerie, Angela, Stuart and Alice Louise.