Dr. Tim O'Brien has sung with Austin Opera, Austin Symphony, Austin Shakespeare, the Minnesota Opera, LOLA, Conspirare, Texas Early Music Project, Ensemble VIII, the Dale Warland Singers, and toured nationally and internationally with the Rose Ensemble. Past performances include Le nozze di Figaro, Into the Woods, Ariadne auf Naxos and Sweeney Todd with the Butler Opera Center, as well as Verdi's Don Carlo and The Elixir Project with Austin Opera. Dr. O’Brien’s "vibrant and subtle" singing was praised by Oregon Artswatch, Willamette Week noted his "rich, dark palette," and the St. Paul Pioneer Press praised his "strong, yet vulnerable" portrayal of Purcell's Aeneas. A two-time Grammy nominee, Tim’s performances can be heard on more than a dozen commercial recordings, and recently on the HBO show White Lotus. Tim is artistic director of Living Paper Song Project and Director of Music at St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
Before joining the faculty at Texas State, Dr. O’Brien served on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College, Concordia University, and St. Edward’s University. He holds a Master's degree in Musicology from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Texas.