I grew up not far from Susquehanna in Union County, Pennsylvania. While music has always been a part of my life, along with athletics and many other activities, I never took it too seriously until late in high school. I chose to study music at SU because Susquehanna’s liberal arts mission and community-oriented approach appealed to me as a place where I could receive both excellent musical instruction and encouragement for broader intellectual exploration.
I remain passionate about “musicking” in many forms, teaching others and learning in many disciplines. In addition to teaching, performing and conducting research, I enjoy contemplating history, engaging with the traditional cultures of Britain and Ireland and listening to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams or any music written in Europe before 1615.
Aaron D. Himes is adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at Susquehanna. A committed music educator, he has extensive teaching experiences as both a school music teacher and private lesson instructor. His school teaching experiences include teaching general music, choir and band to students in grades 5-12. Himes is also a regular guest conductor and clinician, and enjoys coaching chamber ensembles. He has maintained private brass studios in Pennsylvania and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Himes has significant experience as a freelance musician, performing with various ensembles in the central Pennsylvania, north Texas and Chicagoland areas. In addition to regular recital and chamber music performances, he has frequently appeared with the Billtown Brass, Penn Central Wind Band, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra, among others. His recording credentials include two albums with the North Texas Wind Symphony, Conclave and Reconstructions, both published in 2013 by GIA Publications. Most recently, he took part in a virtual collaboration as part of the recently formed Temporal Displacement Orchestra, an ensemble committed to playing new works and encouraging performer creativity despite separation in time and space.
Himes is currently developing scholarship around areas of music teaching, learning and experience as a doctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from Susquehanna University and a Master of Music in performance from the University of North Texas.