June Frank Tipton
June Tipton, music faculty member, specializes in teaching how to play the piano in a classroom setting. The classes cover beginning piano levels one and two, and a general intermediate piano class. Having 15 students in each class, the courses receive a full three credits as any other academic course.
Ms. Tipton has been the director of the Rider Choir. Besides the presentation of a concert each semester, a highlight was the presentation of the world premier of the Holocaust oratorio, "This Night of Crystal Death" on the occasion of the 50th anniversary commemoration of Krystalnacht in 1938. She has also taught music history courses, and introduced two new courses, one on American piano music and the other on the pipe organ, it's history and literature. Ms. Tipton has prepared singers for main stage musicals, such as "Godspell" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Her private voice student, Rachel Messler, is a current recipient of the Theater Scholarship at Rider.
Ms. Tipton has a BM degree majoring in pipe organ from Westminster Choir College (the school of music of Rider University), and an MA degree in musicology/harpsichord from The College of New Jersey. She studied pipe organ with the famed Alexander McCurdy, and harpsichord with Eugenia Earle and Frances Cole, and voice with Shirlee Emmons.
While a student at Westminster, Ms. Tipton studied Piano Pedagogy under Frances Clark, founder of the Frances Clark Piano Library and revolutionary teaching method, and piano under Elvina Truman Pearce. Ms. Tipton was an accompanist for graduate voice recitals, and a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed great choral works with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Walter, Dmitri Mitroupolos and Igor Stravinsky.
As organ recitalist, Ms. Tipton has performed on Princeton University's "After Noon Organ Concerts" series, the Silver Bay on Lake George (NY) summer series, and in the Central New Jersey American Guild of Organists member concerts. Ms. Tipton has also participated in extensive organ study tours of Europe.
Ms. Tipton has adjudicated piano competitions including the Stokes Competition (Central NJ), and the Piano Teachers Forum Festivals. She maintains a private studio in which her students have become outstanding accompanists for their high school choir, and performers who have won blue ribbons in competitions. She is also organist/choir director at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Hamilton, NJ.
As a voice student of Milan Petrovic and Shirlee Emmons of New York City, Ms. Tipton has enjoyed a career in singing as soprano soloist for oratorios and cantatas. Pursuing opera as an avocation, Ms. Tipton sang leading roles with the Princeton Opera Company in the operas "Rigoletto", "The Marriage of Figaro", "Hansel and Gretel", "Suor Angelica", "The Telephone", and "La Boheme". She also was a member of the Princeton Madrigal Singers for many years, and prepared a television program with them for Channel 13.
Ms. Tipton is a member of The Music Club of Princeton, American Guild of Organists, Lawrence Arts Council and Piano Teachers Forum. She may be found in WHO'S WHO, the 10th and 54th editions.