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Chelsea Tipton II


Chelsea Tipton


Lauded by The New York Times for “leading sweeping and vibrant performances of “Rhapsody” and “An American in Paris” as a last minute replacement for Robert Spano to conduct an all-Gershwin season finale with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American conductor Chelsea Tipton, II has won over audiences and critics alike with his vibrant musicality, accessibility, versatility and extraordinary commitment to Arts education.

Tipton is now celebrating his ninth season as Music Director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. In addition to his work in Beaumont he is the Principal Pops Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has recognized Tipton with their first annual Aspire Award in October of 2013. This award identifies accomplished professional musicians who are African American or Latino who also demonstrate a tremendous commitment to community and inclusiveness. The Neches River Festival in Beaumont also honored Tipton with the Citizen of the Year April of 2014 and in October of 2014 he was honored to receive the Community Spotlight Award from Capital One Bank for community leadership.

As a sought after guest conductor, Tipton has appeared with major orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, Memphis, San Antonio, and New Jersey Symphonies, the Brooklyn, Louisiana and Rochester Philharmonics and the Boston Pops.  In 2011, Tipton was part of an extensive European tour with pop artist Sting that took him to 15 countries, working with 19 different European orchestras including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, and the Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra.

Tipton made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Sphinx Competition Showcase gala concert culminating a ten-city tour with the Sphinx orchestra.