Medalist: Joan Hult Lippincott
Joan Hult Lippincott, B.M. ’57, M.M. ’61, D.M.A. (hon) ’01
Citation and Sesquicentennial Medal presented on May 15, 2015
Joan Lippincott has been acclaimed as one of America’s outstanding organ virtuosos. She performs extensively in the United States and has toured throughout Europe and Canada. She has been a featured recitalist at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Spoleto Festival USA, The American Bach Society Biennial, the Dublin International Organ Festival, and conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the Music Teachers National Association. She has performed on many of the most prominent organs in churches and universities throughout the United States, including Yale, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Columbia and Princeton. She has traveled widely in Europe, studying, playing and performing in recital on historic and contemporary organs in Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France.
Especially in demand for Bach recitals and classes, she was recitalist at the Alice Tully Hall Bach-Handel Tercentennial, and she has performed at Bach Festivals in Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina. In 2001-2002 she performed a highly acclaimed series of eight Bach organ concerts on outstanding organs throughout New York City, called “Bach in the Big Apple.”
Her many recordings include music of Bach, Duruflé, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Widor, Alain and Pinkham on major American organs. For 34 years she served as a member of the Westminster Choir College faculty and for seven years she was Principal University Organist at Princeton University. Dr. Lippincott has served on summer faculties at the New England Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin, the Montreat Conference, the Evergreen Conference and Bach Week at Columbia College.
She has been on the Advisory Board of The American Bach Society, is an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and she has been honored by Westminster Choir College with the Alumni Merit Award, the Distinguished Merit Award, the Williamson Medal and an Honorary Doctorate. In 2013 the Organ Historical Society published a festschrift, Joan Lippincott, The Gift of Music by Larry G. Biser with contributions from students and colleagues.
Rider University is honored to add to these accolades by awarding a Sesquicentennial Medal of Excellence to Joan Lippincott in recognition of her long and illustrious career as an educator and performer that has brought honor to the University.
—President Mordechai Rozanski