Timothy Myers is one of America’s most versatile conductors, engaging collaborators, and innovative purveyors of ideas. A frequent collaborator with leading opera companies and orchestras, he is internationally acclaimed for his eloquence, energy, command, and unbridled curiosity across a wide range of repertoire and projects.
Myers serves as the Sarah and Ernest Butler Music Director at Austin Opera where, in addition to leading performances, he participates in the artistic strategy and development of the Company, including innovative projects such as the national PBS Specials Bella Noche de Música and An All-Star Concert, Puccini’s Tosca at the Circuit of the Americas (North America’s first Formula 1 track), and a film of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s opera Vinkensport in co-production with Houston Grand Opera.
In addition to Austin Opera, Myers is also the newly appointed Music Director of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra at Spoleto Festival USA, where he made his debut in 2023 conducting Barber’s Vanessa. In this role Timothy will guide the process of creating the orchestra for each festival season, lead performances of a variety of symphonic and opera repertoire and other special projects, and collaborate with the senior leadership team on artistic programming and strategy.
In the 2023 / 2024 season Myers conducts Pagliacci, Cruzar de cara de la Luna and Carmen at Austin Opera, Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s The Shining to open The Atlanta Opera season, and major symphonic programs with the Spoleto Festival USA and the Sacramento Philharmonic.
A leading voice on the topics of leadership and innovation, Myers has made recent speaking appearances at the SXSW Festival, Harvard Business School, the University of Texas at Austin and Miami Dade College. Myers is also the host of the Listening on Purpose podcast, an exploration of listening and connection through the lenses of notable guests such as authors Seth Godin and Chip Conley, neuroscientist Dr. Nina Kraus and top TEDx contributor Julian Treasure.
Myers’ robust opera engagements have included venerable institutions such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the Wexford Festival, with hallmark repertoire ranging from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde to John Adams’ Doctor Atomic. He has led multiple world premiere performances and guided repertoire development projects for the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Houston Grand Opera, and Minnesota Opera.
As an orchestral conductor, Myers has collaborated internationally including the American, Beijing NCPA, Chautauqua, Jerusalem, Milwaukee, North Carolina, Portland, Toledo, Tulsa, and Winston-Salem Symphony orchestras as well as the Brooklyn, Johannesburg, and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras, with a broad range of repertoire including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, R. Strauss, Gershwin, Ives, Pärt, Higdon, and Mazzoli.
Myers champions the next generation of conductors, instrumentalists, and composers of today and has led performances and given masterclasses at leading educational institutions such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Rice University, and Florida State University.
A protégé of Lorin Maazel, Myers is a graduate of Southwestern College (KS), Florida State University, and in 2022 completed the Program for Leadership Development (Executive MBA) at Harvard Business School, with special studies in Disruptive Innovation, Strategy, and the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports. He was named as a voting member of the Recording Academy Class of 2021 by a committee of industry peers.