BSO: Sylvia Shippen Wells chair, endowed in perpetuity
Timothy Genis joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in May 1993 as assistant timpani of the BSO and timpani of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Genis attended the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music. From July 1991 until his BSO appointment, he was associate timpani and assistant principal percussion of the Honolulu Symphony. Previously he was principal timpani with the Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra in New York and assistant principal percussion of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for two years. A Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 1990, Mr. Genis also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Currently head of the percussion department at Boston University, he also runs the BUTI percussion program at Tanglewood and is an active clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Remo Drum Company, Perl/Adams Drums, and Vic Firth, Inc. In fall 2003 Mr. Genis developed a line of timpani sticks that are currently being marketed by Vic Firth, Inc..