The Symphony of Southeast Texas, based in the Gulf Coast city of Beaumont, has announced the appointment of CHELSEA TIPTON II as music director and conductor beginning with the 2009-10 season. Tipton made his guest conducting debut with the orchestra as a music-director candidate in March of this year. He is currently in his sixth season as resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony, and previously served as associate conductor of the Savannah Symphony. He has guest conducted numerous U.S. orchestras including the Boston Pops, the New World Symphony, and the principal orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Louisiana, Nashville, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and San Antonio. For three seasons he was music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tipton has also led tours of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra culminating in performances at Carnegie Hall.

Posted May 11, 2009