Tim Harbold

Professor of Music, Emeritus


M.M., New England Conservatory
B.A., Williams College


Conductor, arranger, and pianist, Tim Harbold is a Professor of Music and Choral Director at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where he has conducted the Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers since 1995 in repertoire ranging from classical masterworks to world folk songs, spirituals, and jazz. Under his direction, Wheaton’s choirs have hosted masterclasses with artists such as Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, the King’s Singers, and Rockapella and collaborated with visiting artist specialists to explore music traditions spanning the globe.  Harbold’s arrangements of spirituals and folk songs have been premiered by groups such as the New England Conservatory Chorus and the 2017 Arkansas All-State Mixed Choir, and are published by Hinshaw Music, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and E.C. Schirmer.  As a pianist, Mr. Harbold specializes in American song, performing regularly with vocalist Valerie Anastasio, most recently in In the Mood: A Time Capsule of Classics from 1939. The duo have paired with Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner to create several popular shows that have toured New England and New York. Their CD tribute to Noel Coward and Cole Porter, Noel & Cole: Together With Music, was lauded by Billboard for its charming, enthusiastic pairing of songwriting greats. Their second show, Fred & Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman, was selected by Bay Windows as a Top 10 cabaret event in 2000 and nominated for an IRNE award for Best Cabaret by the Independent Reviewers of New England. Mr. Harbold studied music at Williams College, and conducting at New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Tamara Brooks and an Assistant to Lorna DeVaron.




Wheaton College Chorale and Chamber Singers

Repertoire: Classical and folk music spanning 10 centuries, 6 continents, over 35 countries, and over 30 languages, plus spirituals, gospel music, jazz standards, shape note singing, and a variety of American and Native American vernacular traditions.  Annual Holiday Vespers Concert, biennial “Lift Every Voice” gospel concerts, biennial “Spotlight” jazz concerts.

Larger works include: Bach, Johannespassion BWV 245, Magnificat BWV 243, Wachet auf (Cantata 140), Barber, Reincarnations, Beethoven, Mass in C, Bernstein, Chichester Psalms, Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb, Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Liebeslieder, Corrigliano, Fern Hill, Fauré, Requiem, Handel, Messiah, Part I, Haydn, Missa in Tempore Belli, Theresienmesse, Monteverdi Magnificat, Mozart, Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Orff, Carmina Burana, Persichetti, Flower Songs, Pinkham, Christmas Cantata, Poulenc, Chansons Françaises, Purcell, Come Ye Sons of Art, Ramirez, Navidad Nuestra, Ravel, Trois Chansons, Schubert, Mass in G, Tallis, Spem in alium, Thompson, Frostiana, Vaughan Williams, Five English Folk Songs, Vivaldi, Gloria, Magnificat, Whitacre, Five Hebrew Love Songs  

Visiting Artists residencies: Skylark Vocal Ensemble (2019), Karan Casey (Irish folk songs, 2019), Donnell Patterson (Gospel music, 2019, 2015, 2013, 2009)  • Dominique Eade (Choral jazz improv, 2018, 2014) • Jonathan Singleton (Gospel music, 2017) • Hanna Khoury (Arabic vocal traditions, 2016) • Tatiana Sarbinska (Bulgarian folk singing, 2016 & 2011) • Renaissance specialists (2016) • Emmanuel Music (Bach’s St. John Passion, 2015)  • Tim Ericksen (Shape note singing, 2014)  • Celia Malheiros (Brazilian jazz, 2012) • Phillip Woods (Gospel music, 2011) • The Orchid Ensemble (Mandarin and Taiwanese music, 2007) • Hobert Yates (Gospel music, 2007) • Valerie Naranjo (African and Native American Music, 2006) • Oral Moses (Gospel music, 2005)

Master Classes: Skylark Vocal Ensemble (April 2019) • Roomful of Teeth (October, 2015) • Rockapella (October 2010) • The King’s Singers (February 2008, February 2003) • Simon Carrington (February 2007) • Take 6 (February 2006)

Tours: Bologna, Florence, Rome (March, 2001) • Chamber Singers admissions tour (March, 2005)

Collaborations: New England Conservatory Camerata, Emmanuel Music, Coro Citta di Roma, The Oure Pleasure Singers, The Seraphim Singers, Tufts University, Eastern Nazarene College, Bridgewater State College, UMass Dartmouth

Recent Conducting Outside Wheaton

Gospel Choir Director, Old South Church   Boston, MA

September 2013 – present

The Old South Church Gospel is an amateur choir of 15 singers, including 2 professional soloists. The choir performs monthly at Jazz Worship, accompanied by professional jazz combo. Special events have included spring concerts and a variety of special events for the non-profit City Mission Boston.

Interim Choir Director, Old South Church Choir Boston, MA
November 2016 – May 2018

The Old South Church Choir is an advanced choir of 25-35 singers, including 10 professional Choral Fellows. The choir performs 8-12 anthems per month. Festival services feature 4-10 professional instrumentalists and extensive programs, performed for audiences as large as 1000.

The Oure Pleasure Singers Attleboro, MA

July 2005 – June 2015

The Oure Pleasure Singers are an advanced amateur chamber choir of 16 singers, performing 3-4 concerts per year. The group is 30 years old and has distinguished itself locally as an excellent auditioned community chorus.


La Musique
released summer 2016

Cum Novo Cantico: Christmas Verses in New Light
December 2007



Choral Compositions and Arrangements

Go Tell It On the Mountain
Hinshaw Music Publishing, 2017

Marchin’ to Zion
Santa Barbara Music Publishing, 2012

I’ Been in the Storm (from Three Spirituals)
E.C. Schirmer, 1995

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (from Three Spirituals)
E.C. Schirmer, 1995

Somebody Knockin’ at Your Door (from Three Spirituals)
E.C. Schirmer, 1995

O Holy Night
Accepted by Hinshaw Music Publishing, accepted and awaiting release

Shout for Joy 
accepted by Hinshaw Music Publishing, accepted and awaiting release

Licensed for Publication by Arranger

Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love, Cole Porter, arr. Harbold
Licensed by Alfred Music, 2014

Unpublished / In Process

Song of My Heart, texts by Elizabeth Wright Shippee • Wade in the Water Down By the Sally Gardens This Little Light of Mine The Water’s Wide Come Rain or Come Shine Ding Dong! Merrily on High Motherless Child Calvary 

Performers include:  Arkansas All State Mixed Chorus, New England Conservatory Chorus, New England Conservatory Camerata, Longy School of Music Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Colby College Choir, Concord Chamber Singers, Mississippi State University, Forest City Singers

Recordings: American Repertory Chorus, Colby College Chorale, Concord Chamber Singers, Loose Cannon Chorale

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CD Recordings as Pianist/Arranger

Valerie Anastasio & Tim Harbold: Give ‘em the Oo-La-La
(valerieandtim.com, 2013)

Marching Along with Time: Songs by Irving Berlin 1935-1945
(Oakton Recordings, 2012)

Fred and Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman
(Oakton Recordings, 2008)

“Everybody Step” title track on Everybody Step: Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revues 
Oakton Recordings, 2005

Noel & Cole: Together with Music
(Oakton Recordings, 2000)

Shows as Pianist/Arranger

In the Mood – A Time Capsule of Classics from 1939
Show with Valerie Anastasio Performances at Wheaton College (February 17, 2015), Follen Church, Lexington (February 27, 2015), Longy School of Music (March 1, 2015), Providence Public Library (May 14, 2015), Brandeis University (September 26, 2015)

Marching Along with Time: Songs by Irving Berlin 1935-1945
Conference performance with the Smart Set at 1935: The Reality and the Promise, Hofstra University, April 8, 2011 • Performances at Wheaton College (September 15, 2012), Follen Church, Lexington (February 22, 2013) and Longy School of Music (February 24, 2013)

Tutti Italiani
Show with Valerie Anastasio • Italian art songs and Italian American songs of the Great American Songbook (Cape Cod Cultural Center, S. Yarmouth, MA, September 26, 2011)

Alexander’s Ragtime Band Turns 100
Participating pianist with American Classics at Longy School of Music (March 18, 2011)

I’ll Take Manhattan
Performances with American Classics at Follen Church, Lexington (March 6, 2010) and Longy School of Music (March 7, 2010)

The Valerieville Circus and Parade of Curious Songs
Show with Valerie Anastasio featuring songwriters Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Fred Astaire, Charles Ives, E. Y. Harburg & Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Richard Maltby & David Shire, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, and more (Wheaton College, October 5, 2005, Old South Church, Boston, October 7, 2005)

Everybody Step
Featured on Ron Della Chiesa’s Jazz Songbook, WGBH Radio, (Mar. 20, 2005), performing “Everybody Step,” title track from CD recording Everybody Step: Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revues

Songs and Singers: Irving Berlin’s Music for the Films of Astaire and Crosby
Concert in American Classics Series, Longy School of Music (February 23, 2003)

Fred and Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman
Revue with the Smart Set • Performance venues 2001-2008 included: Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Scullers Jazz Club, Boston; Chatham Drama Guild, Chatham, MA; Wheaton College, Norton, MA; Follen Church, Lexington, MA; Longy School of Music, Cambridge MA • Accolades: Selected by Bay Windows as one of the Top 10 Cabaret events of 2000 • Nominated for an IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award in the Ensemble Cabaret category, 2001, 2004

Jerome Kern — All the Things You Are
Performance of She’s a Good Fellow (1919) and Kern favorites • Performances at Follen Church, Lexington (November 10, 2006) and Longy School of Music (November 12, 2006) • Performance of excerpts on WERS Radio Standing Room Only (November 4, 2006)

Noël & Cole: Together With Music
Music of Noël Coward and Cole Porter, created for Coward Centenary • Over 25 performances throughout New England • Classics in the Morning, WGBH broadcast (Dec. 8, 1999) • Sample venues included: Don’t Tell Mama, NY; Scullers Jazz Club, Boston; Chatham Drama Guild, Chatham, MA; Worcester County Light Opera, Worcester, MA; Williams College, Williamstown, MA; Wheaton College

Madcap Cabaret / Valerieville Circus
Featured programs on the Blacksmith House Cabaret Connection Series   (February 1997, February 1998) • Valerieville Circus highlighted in cover article of the Boston Globe Calendar section, (with Valerie pictured on cover) (February 26, 1998)

Featured in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston American Music Concerts (August, 1997)