A native of the Washington, D.C. area, guitarist and composer Baron Tymas came to NCCU in 2001. He teaches guitar, Jazz Theory, Ear Training/Sight Singing, Jazz Combo and Commercial Music. Tymas is also Assistant Director of Jazz Studies.
During his career as a musician and educator, Tymas has been privileged to perform with many notable recording artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Kenny Werner, Teri Lyne Carrington, Antonio Hart, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero, Rene Marie, Freddie Cole, Grady Tate and many others. Tymas has taught at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. In the summers, he teaches at National Guitar Workshop's New Milford, Connecticut and McLean, Virginia campuses. The Baron Tymas Trio, which features NCCU faculty members Damon Brown and Thomas Taylor, plays often throughout the Carolinas. Tymas performs regularly with bassist John Brown, as well as with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra. He has performed many times with regional theatre orchestras and with national touring shows that visit North Carolina. He also performed on occasion with the NC Symphony. He is an alumnus of Nebulous (jazz quintet, Raleigh, NC), F.R.E.N.S. (r&b/funk/jazz quintet, Richmond, VA), Cross Currents (fusion quartet, Washington, DC) and Black Sheep (reggae band, Washington, DC). He holds a Master of Music and a B.A. in English from Howard University.
Tymas is a recipient of the 2007-2008 North Carolina Arts Council Music Fellowship Award. He has produced two CDs as a leader: Blues for the Tribe (2006) and Insight at Midnight (2009). He has composed music for the Emmy-winning PBS television show Bill Moyers' Journal, as well as for independently produced film and television projects.