Music Alum Earns Major Award

Chelsea Tipton with Sting

We are pleased to announce that NIU School of Music alumnus Chelsea Tipton II is about to receive the first Aspire Award from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has for 20 years operated a Talent Development Program, which identifies talented African-American and Latino youth and prepares them to be accepted into music schools across the country with the goal of attaining a professional career in music. This year, the ASO is initiating the Aspire Awards. According to a press release from the ASO, "Chelsea Tipton II will be the first recipient of the Aspire Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to music education."

Chelsea currently serves as the Music Director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Former positions include those with the Toledo Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, and the Cincinnati Youth Symphony. As a guest conductor he has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, a 9-week tour with Sting, the Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and numerous others.

Chelsea will receive his award at a celebration on October 27. Congratulations, Chelsea!

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