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Idaho Bach Festival 2015

University of Idaho
Dr. Michael Murphy and Dr. Miranda Wilson, Co-Artistic Directors

The 5th Annual Idaho Bach Festival will take place October 15-17, 2015.

The Idaho Bach Festival is pleased to announce that the 2015 Idaho Bach Scholar is Paul Max Tipton.

Described by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a dignified and beautiful singer, baritone Tipton enjoys an active career in opera, oratorio, and chamber music and has performed and recorded throughout North America. A versatile singer, Tipton’s repertoire ranges from Schütz and Monteverdi to Britten and Bolcom, with his interpretations of the Bach Passions being acclaimed in particular for their strength and sensitivity. He has recently appeared with the symphonies of San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Lincoln, Stamford, CT, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and has performed with the New York Philharmonic as part of their first-ever Bach Festival.

He has sung with New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), Lyra Baroque (Saint Paul), the Colorado Bach Ensemble, Seraphic Fire, The Rose Ensemble (Saint Paul), the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Carmel Bach Festival, Ensemble Florilege (Boston), the Yale Collegium Players, Conspirare (Austin), the Festival de Musica Barocca de San Miguel de Allende, Bach Society Houston, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Oregon Bach Festival, Emmanuel Music (Boston), Ars Lyrica (Houston), Tenet (NYC), Blue Heron (Boston), and has enjoyed collaborations with MasaakiSuzuki, Matthias Pintscher, Craig Hella Johnson, Leonard Slatkin, Scott Allen Jarrett, Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Paul Hillier, Ricky Ian Gordon, Ted Taylor and Nicholas McGegan.

Highlights from current and recent seasons include Beethoven's “Symphony No. 9” with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Haydn’s “Paukenmesse” with the Yale Camerata, Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” for the Discovery Series at the Oregon Bach Festival and Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum” at Carnegie Hall. He sang the role of Judas in Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” under Helmuth Rilling at Carnegie Hall in 2007, and soloed under Leonard Slatkin on the Naxos recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” a project that won three Grammys in 2006. He has sung Schaunard with the New York Opera Society while on tour in Toulouse, and has worked closely with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, joining him twice in recital in Ann Arbor and Florence, Italy. Other repertoire has included Britten’s “War Requiem,” Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610,” the title role in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Martin Katz conducting, Haydn’s “Salve Regina in G minor” with Nicholas McGegan, baritone soloist in the 2012 Grammy-nominated recording of Brahms’s “Requiem, Op. 45” with Seraphic Fire (Miami), and all of Bach’s Motets with the Bach Collegium Japan at Woolsey Hall in New Haven. Tipton trained on full fellowship at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor, being mentored by mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee, tenor George Shirley, and collaborative pianist Martin Katz. He is a 2010 graduate of the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music in Oratorio & Early Music, studying with tenor James Taylor. Based in Boston, he was made a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in 2012. For more information on Paul Max Tipton, visit his website:

Paul Max Tipton.
The Idaho Bach Festival 2015 Scholar Paul Max Tipton.

For more information on how to submit musical and/or session proposals, please contact Michael Murphy at or (208) 885-1006.

Michael Murphy and Miranda Wilson
Co-Artistic Directors

Paul Max Tipton, 2015 Bach Scholar

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
12:30 p.m
“Bach in the Round” Student Concert
Idaho Commons Rotunda

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Opening Gala with Paul Max Tipton, baritone
Haddock Performance Hall

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
9 a.m.
Lectures and Masterclass with Paul Max Tipton
Haddock Performance Hall

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Closing Concert with Paul Max Tipton, baritone
Haddock Performance Hall

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