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Albert Tipton Reel-to-Reel Collection

Identifier: FSUML-2020-010

Scope and Contents

This collection contains ten boxes of reel-to-reel recordings, mostly of Albert Tipton, including recitals and rehearsals as well as a few commercial recordings. Some of the reels are in poor condition.


  • 1932-2003


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Users may access this collection by making an appointment with the Music Special Collections staff at

Biographical / Historical

Albert Tipton (1917-1997) was a flutist and composer who was Professor of Flute at FSU from 1968 to 1975.

As a young man he played with the National Symphony and in 1939 was a soloist with the All-American Youth Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski. He was second flute for the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1940-1946 and principal flute for the St. Louis Symphony and the Detroit Symphony in 1946-1956 and 1956-1968, respectively.

In 1975 he left FSU for a post as Professor of Flute at Rice University, where he remained until 1990. He was also involved with the Aspen Summer Music Festival for much of his career. Tipton has been the subject of a D.M.A. treatise, which may be consulted for more detailed biographical information.


10 boxes : audio reels

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Related Materials

  • Small, Heather A. “The Life And Teaching Of Flutist Albert Tipton: 1917-1997”, 2006.
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Allen Music Library Special Collections Repository

    FSU College of Music
    122 N. Copeland St.
    Tallahassee FL 32306
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