About Tim

Timothy P. Olbrych, Classical, Baroque, and Renaissance Guitarist, has performed throughout the United States in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings, including Merkin Hall. Club A, and Club 54 in NYC, and has been a featured performer on both radio and television. He has shared his enthusiasm for and expertise about the early guitar with students and audiences through concerts and lecture recitals in both historical and university settings.

He has performed locally with the Virginia Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Virginia Opera, Norfolk Chamber Consort, CREO, and the Shanghai String Quartet.

He is an active performer on a wide variety of stringed instruments, including banjo, mandolin, electric guitar, bass, and ukulele for touring Broadway shows, opera, ballet, and symphony programs.

Tim is the founder and past president of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society and a member of the Performing Arts Faculty at the College of William and Mary. Tim is available for both public and private performances.


Bachelor of Music Education, Hartt College of Music
Bachelor of Music Performance in Guitar, Hart College of Music
Master of Music in Guitar, Virginia Commonwealth University
Member, Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society

Primary Instructors: Richard Provost, Gordon Crosskey, Alice Artzt,
Jesus Silva

Master Classes: John Duarte, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Alice Artzt, Oscar
Ghiglia, David Russell, Toyohiko Satoh, Michael Lorimer, Carlos
Barbosa-Lima, and Jesus Silva, Ron McFarlane, Olivier Chaissain, Turibio
Santos, Sharon Isbin, Ben Verdery

Professional Organizations

Member, AFM Local 125; Founder and Past President of Tidewater
Classical Guitar Society; Member, Guitar Foundation of America

Faculty Positions

Classical Guitar Instructor:
Suffield Academy 1972-73
Holyoke Community College 1972-77
Westfield State College 1973-77
University of Connecticut – Storrs 1973-77
Norfolk Academy 1982-84
Old Dominion University 1983-84
Roosa School of Music (Brooklyn) 1985-1986
Virginia Commonwealth University 1993-95

Classic and Jazz Guitar Instructor:
Norfolk State University (full time position) 1977-1984
Classic and Baroque Guitar Instructor, Lute Instructor:
College of William and Mary (1978 to present)

Baroque Guitar Instructor:
The Catholic University of America 1989-1990


Merkin Concert Hall (N.Y.C.), Club 54 (N.Y.C.), Club A (N.Y.C.),
Shanghai String Quartet, Norfolk Organ Guild, Norfolk
Chamber Consort, Norfolk State University, The College of William and
Mary, Tidewater Concert Association, Virginia Orchestra, Virginia Opera
Association, Virginia Beach Recreation Center Theatre, Norfolk
Composers Guild, Chrysler Museum, Elizabeth City State University,
College of the Abemarle, Christopher Newport University, Roosa School
of Music, Salem State University, Music Mime Theatre, Richmond Guitar
Society, Old Dominion University, The Virginia Chorale, Abingdon
Episcopal Church Concert Series, Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA),
CREO, Mark Morris, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church Concert Series,
Music in the Woods Concert Series, Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
Candlelight Concert Series, St. Matthias Episcopal Church Concert Series,
Norfolk Commission for the Arts “Arts Within Reach” concert series,
Virginia Commonwealth University, Muscarelle Museum, Chrysler
Museum Theater, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church Concert Series,
Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Pops, Richmond
Symphony, Richmond Ballet, Virginia Beach Orchestra.

Concerti: Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez, Rodrigo, Concierto Andaluz
for Four Guitars and Orchestra, Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto

Virginia Pops Orchestra: Phyllis Diller, Burle Ives, Marvin Hamlisch,
Pop to Bach Festival, Neptune Festival, Carol Lawrence, Jerry Vale

Opera: Man of La Mancha, Porgy and Bess, The Not Mikado, Barber of
Seville, The Three Penny Opera

Musical Theater and Shows: Bernadette Peters, Chicago, A Chorus
Line, The Civil War, Fiddler on the Roof, The Full Monty, Hairspray,
Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Leave it to Jane, The Lion King, Mickey Rooney, Mitzi Gaynor,
Oklahoma, South Pacific, Annie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, West Side
Story, Eartha Kit- Timbuktu, Ann Corio – This Was Burlesque, Howard
Keel – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Bob Hope, Way off Broadway
Rhythms (Orchestra Director), Al Martino, Spice on Ice, Minski’s
Burlesque, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific

Television and Radio: WGGB-TV, Springfield, MA, WGH-FM Virginia, WHRO – TV, WAVY-TV, WTAR-TV, WHRO-FM, WCVE-FM, WMBG-AM

Studio Work: Norfolk City Ad Campaign 1978
Norfolk Downtown Mall Campaign 1980
Commercial Film Score for TPI (Composed and Recorded)