Obituary: Tim Bishop, Virginia Symphony Orchestra percussionist, 66

Posted on: March 29, 2018

“For 30 years, Tim Bishop made a lot of noise, playing percussion with seemingly boundless energy as a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra,” writes Rashod Ollison in Monday’s (3/26) Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk). “And although his approach on the instruments would suggest a big, effusive personality, Bishop was a private guy with a quiet way of helping others…. Yet Bishop’s expansive knowledge of music and his generosity affected several members of VSO, which sees itself as an extended family. So the loss of Bishop, who died at his Virginia Beach home last March 12, has been tremendous. He was 66…. In his 30 years with VSO, Bishop’s musicianship anchored much of the repertoire as he continued to study a wide range of music.… Bishop’s education began at Holy Trinity School in Norfolk. He was still in his teens in 1967 … when he played his first professional concert with VSO, then known as the Norfolk Symphony. Bishop went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music … and performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. He was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and the Mexico City Philharmonic, where he met his wife, Lesa, a violinist with that orchestra. She also plays the instrument with VSO.”

Posted March 29, 2018