Timothy McDonnell began his association with the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in September of 2010 when he was appointed the interim conductor of the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus.
From May of 2011 until August 2015, Dr. McDonnell has worked with the board of the Symphonic Chorale of Southwest Florida in crafting four seasons that included blockbusters of choral classical music:.
Dr. McDonnell was named a semi-finalist for the 2013 American Prize in Conducting-Choral Division and third prize winner in 2014 for his work with the Ave Maria University Chamber Chorus.
McDonnell previously served as Director of Liturgical Music at the Pontifical North American College in the Vatican. Professor McDonnell was the master of the Music Chapel at the NAC and in that capacity led the seminary choir in various liturgical contexts, including many pontifical functions.
While at the Vatican, McDonnell led the chorus and orchestra in the annual Christmas Concert for the American Community in Rome.
Maestro McDonnell is also founding music director of Schola Nova, the resident ensemble of the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. He holds the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Yale University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of South Carolina. Besides his American credits, Dr. McDonnell has conducted in Italy, the Czech Republic, and China, and is very active as a composer and arranger.