Judson University Christian College: Faculty Profile - Tim Shaffer

Faculty Profile

Timothy Shaffer
Title: Adjunct Double Bass Instructor
Department: Music
Year Started: 2005


BM, Indiana University, With Distinction, String Bass Performance

Professional Affiliation

Principal Double Bass, Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Bass Section, Grant Park Orchestra


Tim Shaffer completed his Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction at the Indiana University School of Music. He has been a professional double bassist since the age of twenty, when he joined the New Orleans Symphony. For many years, he lived in Germany and was principal bassist of the Westphalian Symphony Orchestra. After returning from Germany, he and his wife Jocelyn have been living in the Chicago area. Shaffer is principal bassist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, section bassist with the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago (at Millennium Park) during the summer, and an active free-lance musician and substitute musician with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and recorded with various ensembles during his career.

Teaching Experience And Philosophy

For over a decade, Tim Shaffer has been a bass instructor at several local colleges and community conservatories. Tim works with students based on their individual level of talent and interest in music. The course of study and the music chosen is unique for each student. His goal is to help each student reach their full potential on the double bass, enjoying the process and their progress.

Life Verse

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know what you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
-Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

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