Timothy Fink | School of Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Timothy Fink


Kathleen Ginther

Altgeld Room 208 

Tim Fink serves as head of the opera and music theater area in the School of Music. He has also served for 10 years as Artistic/Co-General Director of the McLeod Summer Playhouse, the professional summer stock hosted by SIUC. Tim's teaching duties include Lyric Theater Ensemble, Musical Theater History, Opera Workshop, Music Theater Workshop and private voice instruction, especially to musical theater students.

Working mostly as a director of opera and musical theater, professional credits include directing and music directing at Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana, St. Michael's Playhouse in Vermont, Muddy River Opera Company in Quincy Illinois,
University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and Western Washington University. In addition to directing, Tim has also been Artistic Director for the Clinton Area Showboat Theater.

Tim's recent directing credits include Cosi fan tutte, Le Tragedy do Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro,Urinetown for the McLeod Theater, and Puccini's Suor Angelica, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel , Donizetti'sDon Pasquale, and Puccini's La Rondine for the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater. Other credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing, HMS PinaforeStarting Here, Starting Now, Candide,The Magic FluteSweeney ToddJesus Christ SuperstarMost Happy FellaBaby, She Loves Me, and Noises Off. Recent musical direction/conducting credits include The Full Monty, Disney's AidaA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Bat Boy.

When time and energy permit, Tim continues to perform, most recently with his wife Lori for McLeod Summer Playhouse as Michael in I Do, I Do, and with several of his colleagues in Side By Side By Sondheimfor the Mu Phi Epsilon International Congress. Some of his favorite roles include Smudge in Forever Plaid, Curly in Oklahoma, and Max in Lend Me a Tenor. Other credits include Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Renton Civic Opera, and Louis de Torres in Christopher Columbus and Cascada in The Merry Widow with Tacoma Opera.

Tim is a member of The National Opera Association, for whom he has served two terms on the Board of Directors, and two terms as Midwest Governor. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Originally from Washington state, he received his BA in Secondary Choral Education from Pacific Lutheran University, an MM in Vocal Performance from The University of Arizona, and an MFA in Theater with an emphasis in Directing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Tim and his wife have two children, Aaron (19) and Emily (16).

Personal Statement


Thank you for visiting this webpage. As you can see from my bio I spend a great deal of time with my students in rehearsal. I love it! Each new production writes a new chapter of exciting memories and relationships from such intense time together.

We offer a lot of opportunities to perform at Southern: musicals, operas, plays, dance conerts and choral ensembles are all part of the total experience you'll have here. The voice area faculty in the School of Music enjoy a wonderful collaborative relationship with one another and with our colleagues in the Department of Theater. We can offer you a real team-teaching approach!

Please feel free to contact me and arrange a visit, and if you're a potential student, please come and attend a rehearsal or a performance. We'll be sure to get you and your parents complimentary tickets!


  • MUS 140P-340P: Applied Voice
  • MUS 401: Opera Workshop
  • MUS 402: Musical Theater Workshop
  • MUS 403: Lyric Theater Ensemble (whatever show we're doing)
  • MUS 471: Musical Theater History
  • HON 351: From Florence to Broadway