Timothy Hagen is an internationally acclaimed flutist, praised for his "technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity" (NewMusicBox) and “real flair” (The Well-Tempered Ear). He won First Prize as well as the award for Best Performance of the Newly Composed Work at the 2016 Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition. Past awards include Second Prize at the Australian International Flute Competition, the Jack Smith Memorial Award for Most Promising Talent at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition, two Artist Grants from the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, and a Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He was also the only American semifinalist named in the 2007 Jeunesses Musicales International Flute Competition in Serbia.
Hagen is currently Principal Flute of the Dubuque Symphony and from 2009-2016 was Principal Flute of the Missouri Symphony, where he performed multiple times as a concerto soloist. Over the past decade, he has been active as a guest musician with ensembles throughout the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and Winston-Salem Symphony. In addition, he has had solo debuts at New York's Lincoln Center and 92nd Street Y and performed at the Atlantic, Hot Springs, and Las Vegas Music Festivals, as well as the Norfolk and Austin Chamber Music Festivals.
The depth and breadth of Hagen's experience as an educator distinguish him. Before accepting his current appointment as flute professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught at Oklahoma State University, The University of Texas at Austin, Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, and Brookhaven College, among many other fine institutions. Many of his students have won regional and national awards and auditions, and he is in high demand as a teacher, clinician, and speaker at universities, festivals, and conventions throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is also frequently called upon as an adjudicator on regional and national levels, including for the National Flute Association’s Young Artist and Piccolo Artist Competitions.
As a composer, Hagen has won awards from the National Flute Association, American Composers Forum and MetLife Creative Connections. His chamber and solo works for flute, published by Owl Glass Music, have been commissioned and performed by individuals and organizations throughout the United States, including the Texas Flute Society and Floot Fire. His pedagogical and scholarly work is published by Owl Glass and in national and international journals, such as the NFA’s Flutist Quarterly and the British Flute Society's Pan.
Hagen received his Doctor of Musical Arts from The University of Texas at Austin, Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School, Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His former flute teachers include Jim Walker, Marianne Gedigian, Philip Dunigan, Renée Siebert, Tadeu Coelho, Chelsea Czuchra, Felicia McNaught, and Tina Ballard.