Director of Choral Activities
David L. Kipp is in his twentieth year as Director of Choral Activities and the thirteenth director of the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets. Kipp uses his experience in musical theater, voice, and choral direction to help the Singing Cadets perfect music for its seventy-plus concerts each year. He also lends his baritone voice to the group on occasion and performs solos in full Singing Cadet concerts.
Kipp is a native of Jasper, Texas. He sang his first solo in a church as a six-year old and began singing regularly in church choirs, school choirs, and civic clubs while in high school. He continued singing at Jasper High School while playing sports and serving as officer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government, Science Club, and National Honor Society.
Kipp received a Bachelor of Music degree in voice and choral conducting from Baylor University and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He performed in many choral and vocal activities, led many campus activities, and was selected by Baylor faculty as the outstanding Baylor student his sophomore and senior years. The School of Music also honored him as the outstanding Church Music Major, and he served as the Baylor Bear Mascot Trainer. His love for students led to his appointment as Co-Director of Welcome Week–the freshman orientation program.
Under Mr. Kipp’s direction the Texas A&M Singing Cadets have travelled and sung on six continents and recorded 22 CD’s and DVD’s including a regional Emmy Award. Notable appearances include debuts at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), The Meyerson (Dallas), Jones Hall (Houston), The Miss Texas USA Pageant, CBS This Morning, and The Today Show. George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush are both Honorary Singing Cadets and the Singing Cadets are the special guests numerous times each year for the Bush’s and their special guests including the surprise ending to his 85th birthday party in Kennebunkport.
In addition to directing the Singing Cadets at Texas A&M University, Kipp is the Director of Choral Activities. Choral Activities also includes the Century Singers (male and female chorus) and the Women’s Chorus (all-female chorus). He has been Director of Music for many churches in Texas and has presented numerous personal concerts. Kipp has adjudicated many choral contests and has served as a clinician at many choral events. Kipp is a member of the Texas Choral Director’s Association, the American Choral Director’s Association, the Texas Music Educators National Conference, the American Guild of Organists, the Music Educators National Conference, and the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference.
David is married to Jeannie McCray Kipp for twenty-five years and they have three children, Josh (21), Kelsey (20), and Kaylee (15).