Donald Pippin was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2004-2005 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of Broadway’s most honored conductors.
Pippin has served for 14 years as musical director of New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. He is the recipient of a Tony Award for Oliver, an Emmy for Broadway Sings Jule Styne, the Drama Desk Award for “consistently outstanding direction and commitment to the theatre” and a gold record award for the original cast album of A Chorus Line.
Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, Mack and Mabel, Seesaw, Applause, Mame, Oliver and A Chorus Line. He has conducted throughout the United States, England, and Israel, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has also been invited by Beverly Sills to be the guest conductor for the New York City Opera’s production of The Music Man.
He has served as musical director for An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, seen on “Live From Lincoln Center” on PBS. In addition, Pippin was the vocal arranger and musical director for the TV movie, Mrs. Santa Claus and the PBS telecast, An Evening with Paul Sorvino.
In 1993, Pippin arranged and conducted Marilyn Horne’s performance at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Later that year, he made prestigious conducting debuts with the famed Boston Pops Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Pippin has created a program, An Evening of Americana Pop Music for Marilyn Horne, which the two have performed throughout the United States since 1999.