Chelsea Tipton

Students Fred Bush and Ella Williamson were the big winners

Who knows? One of these kids may be the next Itzhak Perlman.

At the 28th annual The Symphony League of Beaumont String Competition on Saturday, March 25, in the Rothwell Recital Hall at the Lamar University Music Building, two students stood out as grand prizewinners.

Symphony of Southeast Texas

The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) presents a great way to kick off the yuletide season with family and friends at “Home for the Holidays” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.


The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) announced in a June 21 press release that Chelsea Tipton, music director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST), has been appointed as its new Principal Pops Conductor.

Chelsea will lead the NHSO Pops for three years, beginning with his debut in October, the release states, but Tipton told The Examiner he would remain director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Chelsea Tipton (photo by Clay Thorp)

The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) Music DirectorChelsea Tipton II has been named the first recipient of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s new Aspire Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to music education.

Roman Journeys

Pine trees are common in the Gulf Coast region and often go unnoticed by many Southeast Texans during their everyday scurry, but for early 20th century Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, the pines of the Villa Bor­ghese gardens in Rome were more than mere trees — they were part of a glorious setting that inspired a musical masterpiece.