Dewitt Tipton, Organist and Music Director
Dewitt Tipton is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received the Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature, studying with Dr. Kenneth Drake. His undergraduate studies took place at Mars Hill College with Dr. John P. Adams. From 1996-1998 he did post-graduate work in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying with John Wustman, also at the University of Illinois.
Mr. Tipton has performed extensively throughout the country as a soloist and accompanist in vocal and instrumental chamber music. For six years he was one of four official accompanists for the Music Teachers' Association National High School and Collegiate Competition Finals. He was for 17 seasons Musical Director for the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and five years for the Charlottetown Players. From 2000-2013 he was the official accompanist for the North Carolina Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and from 2005-2007 for South Carolina's MONCA auditions.
He has performed in master classes with Madame Lili Kraus and John Wustman; with the Brevard Chamber Orchestra , the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra; in recital with soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper for South Carolina Educational Television; with soprano Sharon Munden at the International Festival for Young Concert Artists in Ferrara, Italy; with baritone Kenneth Roberson in his Marilyn Horne Foundation New York debut; with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer for the Opera Company of North Carolina and for flutist Margrét Stefánsdóttir as a part of the 2000/2001 concert series in SALURINN, Kopovogur, Iceland.
In 1991, he became the founding conductor and music director of the Asheville Symphony Chorus, a position he held for 21 years, conducting over 70 major choral works. He has taught on the faculties of Eastern Illinois University, the Asheville Community Center for the Arts, Warren Wilson College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he was Chairman of the Keyboard Department and Director of Choral Activities, Peace College, and the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities as Artist in Residence and Vocal Coach. From 2001 - 2007, he was Director of Music Theatre and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at his Alma Mater, Mars Hill College, directing and conducting over 25 productions.
As a church musician, Mr. Tipton has served Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, Moravian, Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches since 1970.
Mr. Tipton is currently on the faculty of Furman University, Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of the Asheville Symphony Chorus and Organist/Director of Music for the Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Flat Rock, North Carolina.