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Harry “Chip” Hill, Executive Director

Chip Hill is on the music faculty at Limestone University and has served as principal clarinetist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in Asheville, NC since 1986. He has performed extensively with orchestras throughout the southeastern U.S., including the Atlanta, Charlotte, Savannah, Charleston, Tallahassee, Greenville, Knoxville, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras as well as the Atlanta…

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Karen Hill, Festival Director

An active performer, Karen Hill is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Principal Second Clarinetist of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Arbor Wind Trio. She has appeared as a soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Brevard Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, Hunan Symphony Orchestra,…

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Sharalynn Hicks, Festival Administrator

Ms. Hicks currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music where she teaches courses in theory, history, analysis, accompanying, and piano.  As a collaborative artist, she is frequently seen in recital as pianist for solo and choral performances.  Ms. Hicks enjoys serving as an audition judge for various organizations, including the National Guild of Piano Teachers,…

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Helen Tipton

Helen Tipton teaches Orchestra at Spartanburg High School, Jesse Boyd Elementary School, and Pine Street Elementary School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Mrs. Tipton’s students have earned Superior ratings at SCMEA Concert Performance Assessment, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and have performed in Region Orchestra, All-State Orchestra, and the Spartanburg Philharmonic Youth Orchestras. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Tipton has conducted…

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