Living Paper Song Project is a vocal performance company specializing in entertaining, professional performances of solo song. Our productions put sung poetry in beautiful, thought-provoking contexts. Incorporating visual art, multimedia, and narrative, Living Paper's programs are produced with the highest standards for first-rate artistry and original research, but they are also designed to appeal to audiences of all backgrounds and experience levels.
Artistic Director Tim O'Brien has developed a (mostly) healthy love for song over a lifetime of working to reconcile his English major and his Music major. He has previously sung with Austin Opera, Minnesota Opera, LOLA, Butler Opera Center, The Ensemble, the Dale Warland Singers, and the Rose Ensemble. Tim has been fortunate to work with some of the very best in the world of art song, including Sir Thomas Allen, Margo Garrett, Warren Jones, Susan Youens, Dawn Upshaw, and François le Roux.
Alongside his performing career, Tim teaches voice lessons and vocal pedagogy as well as music history & literature. He is currently on the music faculty of St. Edward's University, and he has previously held positions at Gustavus Adolphus College and Concordia University, St. Paul. His performances as a singer and percussionist can be heard on some eleven commercial recordings, including the Dale Warland Singers' Grammy-nominated Walden Pond.
Tim enjoys the smell of old books, the experience of travel, and he has been known to make the occasional wine recommendation. In 2006 he completed a nearly 1000-mile pilgrimage hike to Santiago de Compostela, and ever since, he has been trying to work out why he used to spend so much time trying to find a closer parking spot. He is a fiercely proud Minnesotan, and he particularly misses the clear water and crisp air of his home state in the autumn when the mosquitos have have drunk their fill and gone dormant for the season. Tim has enthusiastically embraced the taco-based culture of his adopted Austin, and his heart and soul are frequently with the pinot vines and roses of his third home, Portland.