For nine years Tim performed and toured worldwide with Chanticleer, America's premier a cappella vocal ensemble. He can be heard on thirteen Chanticleer recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning Colors of Love.
Tim has sung in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Polish, Swedish and Russian. He sang solo Hebrew incantations in two different productions of Leonard Bernstein's Dybbuk with the San Francisco Ballet. He trained for two months with a Greek Psaltist and a Swami in order to prepare for his solo debut with Minnesota Orchestra, singing Greek and Sanskrit chants in the world premiere of Ikon of Eros by Sir John Tavener. He played both a grandfather and a grandson in Stephen Paulus's To Be Certain of the Dawn, another world premiere with Minnesota Orchestra; and the lead role on the critically acclaimed recording of David Conte's chamber opera, The Gift of the Magi.
Tim is a Bach specialist and has performed solo in numerous cantatas and Passions. He sang in a series of master classes at the Carmel Bach Festival, and proceeded to become a regular in Carmel, singing various solo roles, including Pontius Pilate in Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passion; and Audi coelum in Monteverdi's Vespers 1610.
Currently Tim enjoys an active singing career both as a soloist and in ensembles in all major venues of and around New York City as well as many others across the United States. He also still finds time to teach and maintains studios in Brooklyn, NYC, Los Angeles, Central Coast CA and San Francisco.
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Ikon of Eros is a world premiere by the inimitable Sir John Tavener. This Minnesota Orchestra recording features Jorja Fleezanis playing solo violin (almost continuously throughout the piece!); Patricia Rozario, soprano; the Minnesota Chorale; and Tim Krol singing Greek and Sanskrit chants in the first, third and fourth movements. --Available at Amazon.
David Conte's chamber opera based on O. Henry's short story, The Gift of the Magi, libretto by Nicholas Giardini. I play Jim, the guy who sells his watch to buy combs for Della, his sweetheart --only to find out she's sold her beautiful hair to a wigmaker so she could purchase a chain for Jim's watch. --Available at Amazon.
For nine years Tim Krol sang with Chanticleer, America's premier male a cappella ensemble. --Available at Chanticleer.
Puente, Bocharova; Krol, Runyon; The San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, Paiement. English text. Arsis CD 141
The Gift of the Magi, David Conte's operatic adaptation of the famous O. Henry short story, begins rather blandly. A sweet orchestral introduction leads to the opening scene of Della singing a sweet, wordless melody while combing her hair in front of the mirror, observed by her loving husband Jim who sings a sweet, adoring counterpoint to her vocalise. The music is well orchestrated, vocally sympathetic, and pleasant to listen to, but not particularly deep or original. It was tempting to write the piece off as well-made but undistinguished.
Not so fast! By the last of the opera's four scenes, as the impoverished lovers begin to discover the sacrifices they have made for each other (he has sold his watch to buy her a coveted set of combs; she has cut her hair to buy him a gold chain for his watch), the level of musical dramatization reaches a whole new level--it becomes simultaneously delicate and intense, and free of cliché. Suddenly, this illuminates the entire beginning--the surface charm of the first scene reflected the relative superficiality of the couple's relationship. Now that they have both sold valuable possessions and are left with nothing of material worth, only love remains. The music makes it clear, however, that it's love of an altogether different variety than what they experienced before. Their final duet, accompanied by a graceful rocking figure, begins with Jim singing "I've never really seen all that you have been." The music has never been like this either.
Fortunately, things get interesting well before this dénouement. Della and Jim each have colorful scenes with their respective best friends. (The plain-spoken but lucid libretto is by Nicholas Giardini.) Maggie (Elena Bocharova), summoned urgently by Della, sings "Tell me before I explode," and it sounds like she might. Jim's scene with Henry (Chad Runyon) takes on a jazzy character, with rhythmic references to the opening of West Side Story. The duets in both scenes are absorbing and well drawn, with good blend from the pairs of singers. As the poor but happy couple, Aimée Puentes and Tim Krol both have natural, attractive voices and a winning immediacy of delivery. The student members of The San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble, under Nicole Paiement, play the score confidently, as if it were a familiar repertory item. Also memorable is an excellent trio of male singers which makes two brief appearances as the Magi, reminding us in well-tuned three-part harmony what kinds of gifts are truly important. --Joshua Rosenblum
CONTE The Gift of the Magi - Nicole Paiement, cond; Aimée Puentes (Della); Tim Krol (Jim); Elena Bocharova (Maggie); Chad Runyon (Henry); Branden Smith, Aaron DiPiazza, Gary Sorenson (Magi); San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble - ARSIS CD - 141 (73:34; libretto by Nicholas Giardini included in program book).
The O. Henry short story "The Gift of the Magi" is one of the classics of American literature. It is Christmas Eve in early-20th-century New York. A young couple living in the tenements of the Lower East Side, Jim and Della, desperately poor and very much in love, both sell their most prized possessions in order to buy a Christmas present for the other. Jim sells his father's gold watch in order to buy Della expensive combs to hold her cascade of beautiful hair. Della sells her hair to buy Jim a gold chain for this watch. As the hold their beautiful but now useless gifts, they realize they have an even more precious gift-their love for each other. David Conte and his librettist, Nicholas Giardini, have turned this story into a lovely little chamber opera that should give organizations an alternative to Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors".
Conte's music is tonal and very melodic, as is appropriate for a story this is about the magic of Christmas. His word setting is really quite wonderful, and he is helped in this immeasurably by the fine performances of Aimée Puentes as Della and Tim Krol as Jim. Throughout, their singing is entirely conversational, the words flowing as easily off their tongues as speech. They are completely convincing as the young couple sure their love will conquer all, and their final realization of their much deeper love for each other is very moving. Elena Bocharova and Chad Runyon are fine as the friends who help Della and Jim in their fruitless quests...Nicole Paiement's 14-member student orchestra plays beautifully, and the recorded sound is perfect.
There are no notes on the work itself, although there are bios for all the principals, the composer, and the librettist; there is also a libretto, which for once is pretty much unnecessary, given the excellent diction of the cast. It is unfortunate that this review could not appear in the December issues, when people were especially looking for new works dealing with Christmas, but in any event Arsis has a winner here. Recommended. --John Story
Adult singers of all backgrounds receive voice lessons from Tim Krol at the the beautiful 853 Rehearsal Studios, located at 853 7th Avenue, between 54th and 55th Streets, and around the corner from the 57th and 7th Ave N-Q-R Trains.
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Tim approaches each student differently, and zeroes in quickly on ways each individual can grow and learn. It doesn't matter if you're a professional singer or you've never had a voice lesson in your life; with Tim you will find "voice lessons" to be refreshingly unique and fun! While so many other teachers "go through the motions" and drill their students over and over with the same boring warm-ups and songs that aren't even fun to sing, Tim keeps things fresh, lesson after lesson, and as a result, students really enjoy their weekly progress, and develop technique more solidly.
Tim's teaching style draws from an eclectic career as a professional singer himself. He is currently in his fourth year as a freelance professional singer in New York, and was recently a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, in the critically acclaimed concert opera, "The Grapes of Wrath," by Ricky Ian Gordon. For nine years, while touring and recording with the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, Tim taught hundreds of master classes with his eleven colleagues, all over the world. He can be heard, and is often featured, on thirteen Chanticleer recordings, as well as six other recordings, including Sir John Tavener's "Ikon of Eros," and David Conte's "The Gift of the Magi."
These are hard financial times, so Tim offers a sliding scale, which includes the studio fee. He also offers discounts for prepaid multiple lessons.
Now more than ever, if you are toying with the idea of studying voice, there is nothing more life-giving, more joy-producing, or more rewarding than giving your voice a chance to be heard and appreciated. After all, your voice is a unique gift, and there are few greater feelings in the world than knowing you've made an impact on someone through your singing!