Title: Freelance Composer, Arranger and Pianist
Location: Claremont, California, United States
Timothy Michael Kucij, Freelance Composer, Arranger and Pianist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music composition and arrangement.
Demonstrating his love for three diversified industries – engineering, theology and music – Mr. Kucij commenced his career in 1977 for Honeywell International, Inc., as a technical writer, maintaining the role until 1984. From there, he moved on to Northrop Grumman Corporation as a reliability engineer for the Advanced Systems Division from 1984 to 1986. In 1986, he joined Swedlow, Inc., where he served as a senior engineer of quality and reliability from 1986 to 1988, manager of quality assurance for the Composites Division from 1988 to 1990 and quality assurance staff specialist from 1990 to 1992.
In the latter stages of his engineering career, Mr. Kucij served as a division quality assurance engineer for Bosch Rexroth USA from 1992 to 1994, senior quality engineer for Lisi Aerospace from 1996 to 1998 and senior quality system manager for ZF Friedrichshafen AG from 1998 to 2004. He joined UTC Aerospace Systems in 2008 as a senior quality engineer, maintaining the position for three years, before being promoted to quality engineering manager until retiring in 2014.
Since 2014, Mr. Kucij has served as a freelance composer, arranger and pianist, in which he plays eclectic, contemporary, classical music that enters the realms of ballad to modern classical, pop, jazz and ragtime. Playing his music across the nation, his compositions are also housed in libraries in Boston, Cleveland and New York City, among myriad other major cities across the United States. He has been recording his music through KRC Records since 1993. Some albums to his credit have included “A Place Somewhere” and “LifeSongs” in 2003, and he performed at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University between 1972 and 1974. Composing several scores for piano as well, he has debuted several CDs throughout his career, many of which reflect his theological perspectives and teachings.
Likewise, Mr. Kucij was licensed in 1982 as a minister in the Baptist Church, and he studied at the Sherwood Music Conservatory of Chicago before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the California State Polytechnic University in 1978 and a Master of Theology, cum laude, from the Christian Bible College in 1983. During his musical coursework, he studied under such prominent composers and musicians as Frank Sanucci, Edward D. Berryman, Thurla Wallis, Kathreen Prout, Eddy L. Manson, Henry Charles Smith, Joseph P. Free and Ronald Gearman between 1965 and 1978. Pertaining to his religious endeavors, he pursued graduate studies at the Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and has served various ministries for more than 30 years. During his tenure, he was an assistant to pastors in Baptist churches in Texas, Georgia, Wisconsin, Minnesota and California. Combining his religious faith and love for music, he was a music director and youth director for the Covina Baptist Temple, and was a music leader and Bible teacher for the Calvary Baptist Church.
Mr. Kucij has maintained affiliation with the Founders Ministries, the Creation Research Society, the American Composer’s Forum, the American Society for Quality, the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, and Broadcast Music, Inc. As a testament to his success, he received First Prize at the Southern California Organ Competition in 1966, named one of the Outstanding Young Men in America by the U.S. Jaycees in 1980, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State Polytechnic University in 1989 and earned the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who in 2017.
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