As a native of London, England, Simon Tillier had a freelance career as a performer and teacher before taking up conducting. As a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music, London, he went on to study clarinet with Alan Hacker, John Fuest and Neville Duckworth at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, and conducting with Timothy Reynish, Michael Rose, Glenn Price and Rodney Winther in England, the University of Calgary, and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Simon has been on the faculty at UMM since 2011 and continues to have a varied career that includes conducting, performing and teaching throughout the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Asia and Latin America. He has served as guest conductor to the Israeli Youth Wind Orchestra and as artistic director to the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble. He is a regular guest conductor at events such as the Orquesta Latinoamericana de Vientos in Colombia, South America, and the 2011 Hong Kong Youth Music Camp, HKSAR, and is orchestral manager to the WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra as part of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.