The VSO is thrilled to welcome Chelsea Tipton as guest conductor for a program of musical comfort and joy! The concert features the Bronze Ambassadors, the award-winning student bell ringers from Newport who captured our hearts in 2017. Maestro Tipton’s program ranges from classic (Corelli’s Christmas Concerto) to clever (Christmas à la Valse) to quirky (Minor Alterations) to just plain fun (Tintinabulations). AND the audience has a chance to sing along with the handbells! Get in the mood for the season by ringing in the holidays with your VSO.
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Chelsea Tipton, II
A sought-after guest conductor, Tipton has won over audiences and critics alike with his musicality, versatility, and extraordinary commitment to arts education. He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. In addition to being music director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, he is principal pops conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and served as resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony for seven seasons.
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The handbell program of the United Christian Academy, in Newport, VT is celebrating its 22nd season of performance and outreach nationwide. The Bronze Ambassadors represent the program’s most advanced handbell ensemble, with musicians ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old. Over the course of their history, the Ambassadors have toured extensively throughout the country and have performed on a number of television networks. Their director, Dr. Kimberlee Strepka, is the author of Handbell Artistry from the Inside Out: Laban Movement Theory for the Handbell Musician (Chicago: GIA Publications, 2012), a text that has been praised by college professors as a long-missing resource for handbells in academia. One of Dr. Strepka’s goals for her students is to bring their music to marginalized audiences such as prisoners, orphans, and the homeless. United Christian Academy is the only known academic institution in the United States where Roman Catholics and Protestants have been united in providing academic excellence through Christian unity for more than 20 years.