Bruce W. Tippette

Bruce Tippette

Bruce W. Tippette is a composer, performer, and educator. He holds a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in music composition and a Bachelor of Music in both music composition/theory and music education from Appalachian State University. His compositions have been performed across the United States, and he actively receives commissions for a variety of small and large ensembles. Tippette’s work Unconquered, written for orchestra, won the 2012 Mary Starling Composition Competition, and the Winston-Salem Symphony performed it four subsequent times. Additionally, he was chosen in 2012 and 2013 to compose four new works as part of an experimental collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Tippette is the recipient of many awards, including the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship and the Lynn Freeman Olson Composition Award for his piano solo Dance of Fire. As an educator, he gives piano, voice, and composition lessons and is the Assistant Musician at Augsburg Lutheran Church, where he directs three youth choirs and two handbell choirs. He resides in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Liam.

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