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Dr. Timothy Diem

Timothy W Diem

School of Music 140 Ferguson Hall 2106 4th St S

Department Affiliations

University Affiliations

  • Liberal Arts


Director of Marching Band, Assistant Director of Bands

Timothy Diem is the Director of Marching Band and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his appointment at the University of Minnesota, Diem served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado and also spent three years as a music instructor in the West Central Area School District in the greater Barrett, Minnesota area.

Diem received Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota-Morris in Instrumental Music Education and Piano Performance, and holds master's degrees in Wind Conducting and Collaborative Piano Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. He completed his doctorate in Wind Conducting with a secondary concentration in Music Education at UNC. His dissertation, A Study of the Life of Henry Joslyn, Including a Critical Edition of “Prairie: Poem for Viola and Wind Orchestra (1926)", was completed in 2007.

Diem has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and in Singapore. He is a strong advocate for music education and has membership in College Band Director’s National Association, Minnesota Band Director's Association, Music Educators National Conference, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.


  • Conducting
  • Music Education

Educational Background

  • D. A. : Wind Conducting; Music Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 2007.
  • M.M.: Wind Conducting; Collaborative Piano, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 1998.
  • B.A.: Music Education; Piano Performance; Business-Economics, University of Minnesota, Morris, Morris, MN, 1992.

Research Activities

  • A Study of the Life of Henry Joslyn, Including a Critical Edition of “Prairie: Poem for Viola and Wind Orchestra (1926): 2007

Creative Activities

  • Conductor: Singapore American School, March 3, 2011 - March 10, 2011
  • Conductor/Presenter: The University of Minnesota Marching Band, CBDNA Regional Conference, Normal, Illinois, 2010
  • Conductor: Badger Conference Honor Band, Madison, WI, 2010
  • Conductor: Minnesota Band Directors Association 9-10 Honor Band, 2009
  • Conductor: Big Nine Conference Festival Honor Band, 2009

Courses Taught

  • MUS 3480 - Marching Band
  • MUS 3490 - Athletic Bands
  • MUS 3400 - University Bands
  • MUS 3950 - Topics in Music: Marching Band Techiniques
  • MUS 3401 - Basic Conducting
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