October 2018 Calendar

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Sunday, October 21st @ 8:30am in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, October 28 @ 4 - 7pm
Sunday, March 11 @ 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Central UMC
Tipton Organ Recital Benefit for Givens Estates at Central UMC


Program consists of music of French composers (Vierne, Tournemire, Duruflé), American composers (Locklair, Jones, and Sowerby), as well as music of Bach. In addition, Tipton, as an accomplished pianist, will play works of Chopin, Debussy, and Beethoven.



A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

The Benefit Concert is free, however an offering will be taken.  Those unable to be present, but would like to make a contribution, can do so here: Tipton Organ Recital Benefit for Givens Estates (please fill out the memo field with: Tipton Benefit for Givens Estates).



Remarks from Tipton about Givens Estates:

My mother, as a Givens resident since 2009, has received extraordinary care and attention from the staff and caregivers. During my many visits to the campus I have seen the considerate, respectful, and more-than-competent treatment given to all residents, and even to me, as a family member. My goal, with this benefit recital, is to help make it possible than any and all Givens residents, regardless of their financial situation, can continue to call Givens “home.” I am grateful to everyone at Central UMC, my “home church,” as well as the entire staff at Givens, for the opportunity to help.




About Edward J. Tipton:

“Ned” Tipton began his musical studies at the age of four, and gave his first recital at the age of six. He soon took up Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 5.32.21 PMthe violin, organ, trumpet, oboe, and flute. His first post as church organist was at the age of fourteen here in Asheville, his hometown, where he was a student of Marilyn Keiser and William Dan Hardin, and a piano student of Louise Ogle and Thelma Madge.  As a winner of a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship for the school year 1979-1980, he continued his piano studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris.  He received his BM in Piano and his MM in Choral Conducting from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio. 


After serving churches in Ohio and Georgia he was called to the post of Canon for Music and Organist at the American Cathedral in Paris, where he remained 21 years.  In 2010 he accepted a call to serve in a similar capacity at St. John’s Cathedral, Los Angeles, where he remained until August of this year. As an organist he has played recitals all over Europe and the United States, and he recently appeared with the National Symphony of Costa Rica. As a conductor he led the Paris Choral Society, which he helped found, through an impressive number of the major works for symphonic chorus and orchestra.  He served as adjunct professor of music history for the Paris year-abroad program of Trinity College, Hartford. 


A resident of Atlanta from 1986 until late 1989, he was Assistant Administrator and Interim Director of the Robert Shaw Institute at Emory University.  Tipton maintains an active international career as an organist, and was a featured recitalist of the 2009 conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians in Los Angeles.  His most recent service to the American Guild of Organists was as Dean of the Los Angeles Chapter, 2nd in size only to the New York Chapter.


He has returned to his native city to be with his family and maintain his performing career with Asheville as his base. In January he began work at Grace Episcopal Church, North Asheville, as Director of Music.   







Last Published: March 2, 2018 4:00 PM