James Tipps, Ph.D.
M349 Creative Arts Center
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Dr. James W. Tipps (Coordinator of Music Education) came to Wright State University in the Fall of 1992. Dr. Tipps is the conductor of the Wright State University Men’s Chorale, and his teaching load includes conducting, research, and methods classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Active as a choral clinician and researcher, Tipps has presented workshops in regional, national, and international venues. He has served on the Ohio Music Education Association state board, and served as advisor for the Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, as well as the WSU chapter. He is currently on the editorial board of Contributions to Music Education.
Prior to his appointment at Wright State, Tipps taught elementary school general music and high school choral music in Georgia, and conducted Men's Glee Club and Choral Union at Florida State University. Additionally he worked extensively with church music as a conductor, pianist, organist, and consultant in the mid-west and southeastern United States.
Under his leadership, the Wright State University Men’s Chorale has become a popular choral ensemble in the Miami Valley. They have also been selected to perform at OMEA professional conference, Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Seminar for Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses. They have worked with guest conductors such as Charlene Archibeque, Simon Carrington, Jefferson Johnson, R. D. Mathey, and James Gallagher, as well as composers David Conte and Moses Hogan. They have also hosted workshops with Ensemble Amarcord and Cantus.
Tipps also conducts Cappella, the selective secondary school component of the Kettering Children’s Choirs. The group has toured extensively, and in the summer of 2006 sang in Germany, Austria, and Italy, where they performed at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. He is also a former conductor of the Dayton Boys Choir, and has performed in local and regional venues with that group, as well as a tour to Canada in 2002.
He holds degrees in music education from Tennessee Technological University, Georgia Southern University, and Florida State University. He studied conducting with André Thomas, Colleen Kirk, and Rodney Eichenberger, and was a Music Education student of Jack Taylor, Amy Brown, and Clifford Madsen.
Jim and his wife, Debbie, have three children and reside in Beavercreek.
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