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Professor of Theory and Composition


  • D.M.A. in Music Composition, University of Georgia
  • M.M. in Music Composition and Guitar Performance, University of Georgia
  • B.M. in Music Composition and Guitar Performance, University of Georgia
  • A.F.A. in Guitar Performance, Brevard College

Teaching Specialties

  • Music Composition
  • Classical Guitar Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Electronic Music
  • ASU Guitar Orchestra Direction

Research Interests

  • Music Composition involving acoustic and/or electronic media
  • Guitar Performance
  • Musical Perception
  • Digital Music Recording and Editing
  • Theoretical Aspects of Music


  • Music Teachers National Association
  • Society of Electroacoustic Music
  • Society of Composers, Inc.
  • Guitar Foundation of America


Timothy Crist, is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts 2003 Individual Artist Fellowship for Music Composition. Crist presently holds a Professor of Music rank at Arkansas State University where he teaches composition, electronic music, theory, classical guitar, and conducts/directs the ASU New Music Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble. He has composed musical works for various media including solo, chamber, orchestral, and electronic, and is published by Cimarron Music. Crist received M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the University of Georgia, Athens.

While his composition teachers include Lewis Nielson, Leonard Ball, and William Davis, Crist has also attended master classes with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, George Crumb, and William Bolcom. Crist's music continues to be played throughout the United States and has been featured on National Public Radio, SEAMUS conferences, Southeastern Composers League, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Society of Composers, Inc. conferences.

Timothy Crist

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8441
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 206