Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, against the backdrop of the Beartooth Mountains, roughly midway between Billings and Bozeman and north of Yellowstone National Park. Set on a 10,260-acre working sheep and cattle ranch, Tippet Rise hosts classical chamber music and recitals and exhibits large-scale, outdoor sculptures. Tippet Rise celebrates the concept that art, music, architecture, and nature are inextricably linked in the human experience, each making the others more powerful. The Art Center features musical performance spaces indoors and out, with programs that seek to create memorable experiences for performers and audience members alike. Classical concerts are held on summer weekends in the Olivier Music Barn, or outdoors under the Domo. Bike, hike, or take a tour by carbon-neutral electric van.
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Who is Tippet Rise?

Cathy and Peter Halstead have known each other since they were 16. They both grew up in families that for generations have sought to bring art and education to communities both in the United States and abroad. They were later classmates at both Columbia and NYU. Cathy is an abstract painter, who has shown around the world. Peter is a pianist, photographer, and poet. He has published several volumes of poems and photos, and is working on a six-volume piano series, Pianist Lost, for The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation. Four volumes of his poetry are so far available : Sea Sun, Blinds, Poems of Earth, and A Selection.

Cathy worked with her father in the liquor company he founded with her in 1972, and ultimately became President and Chairman.

Cathy and Peter founded the Digital Lab in the Rockefeller library at Brown, where Cathy is a Member of the Corporation. Cathy is on the board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

She and Peter are trustees of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which makes over ninety grants annually to charities in the United States and England. Grantees include The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, the La Jolla Playhouse, Hawaii Opera Theater, The San Francisco Symphony, the Aspen and Vail Music Festivals.

The foundation has helped fund films of the Glyndebourne version of La Traviata and Don Pasquale, as well as a film of Brian Bedford’s The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway. In England, it has digitized the filmed repertoire of The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare’s Globe. It has digitized the repertoire of The Cleveland Orchestra, and helped fund a film about Patrick Dougherty, Stickworks. It has provided high-end audio equipment to the Aspen Music Festival and the Swan Theatre in London.

It supports diverse efforts in Montana in the arts and education. Cathy and Peter were inspired to found Tippet Rise by the Storm King Art Center, Tickon Sculpture Park in Denmark, la fondation Maeght in St.-Paul-de-Vence, Snape Maltings in England, and by the Vail and Aspen Music Festivals.

Cathy and Peter have two wonderful daughters and two adorable grandchildren.

Charles Hamlen is one of the most respected professionals in the world of arts management.  Together with business partner Edna Landau, he founded Hamlen/Landau Management in 1979. Five years later, the company was acquired by the International Management Group, becoming IMG Artists, where Hamlen  served as co-director from 1984 to 1992, overseeing the careers of artists including violinists Joshua Bell, Leila Josefowicz and Itzhak Perlman; the Emerson String Quartet; and pianists Stephen Hough, Evgeny Kissin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and André Watts. 

In 1993, Hamlen left IMG Artists to found Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. After 16 years at the helm of Classical Action, he returned to IMG Artists where he served as chairman until 2012.  He is currently Artistic Advisor to New York’s Orchestra of St Luke’s. 

Hamlen’s numerous honours include the 1998 Jerry Willis Award from the Western Arts Alliance, the 2000 Eos Orchestra’s Michael Palm Award, the International Society for the Performing Arts’ 2004 Angel Award and the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2004.

Lindsey keeps the logistics of Tippet Rise humming smoothly, alongside her husband, Pete. She coordinates with artists, musicians, community members and educators, from kindergarten teachers to university professors, as well as leaders from regional and national cultural institutions, welcoming everyone into the Tippet Rise family. Lindsey oversees public relations and is instrumental to the Art Center’s planning and development, helping to bring the Tippet Rise vision of nature, music and art intertwined to full, blooming life — an experience she hopes to share with her Montana friends and people from all over the world.

A lifelong pursuit of adventure in the mountains led Pete to Tippet Rise where he draws on his experience to make the organization’s vision and mission a reality. Intrigued by the exploration of art and nature, Pete’s role at Tippet Rise is an adventure in itself. Often working in tandem with his wife, Lindsey, Pete provides team leadership, oversees the Art Center’s operations, planning and development and coordinates the installation of its sculptures.

Ben oversees ranching operations at Tippet Rise. From May to mid-November, this work includes grazing oversight of 200 to 300 calf-cow pairs, 100 to 120 heifers and 2,000 to 2,600 head of sheep. He works year round to improve Tippet Rise’s rangeland health as well as its water use and conservation practices. Through these efforts, Ben endeavors to make Tippet Rise an increasingly healthy and viable ranchland, wildlife habitat and treasured piece of the Montana landscape. In the process, he hopes the Art Center’s guests can enjoy and experience Montana’s rich ranching heritage. For the past ten years, Ben has lived with his family on or next to what is now Tippet Rise.

Josh puts his background in industrial settings to good use at Tippet Rise where he manages and maintains the Art Center’s buildings, mechanical systems, vehicles and equipment. His nimble orchestration of our state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems helps to keep the pianos of Tippet Rise, and the many instruments that accompany our visiting artists, in tip-top shape. A lifelong Montanan, Josh lives in Absarokee with his wife and three sons.

With a background in theater and hospitality, Melissa oversees communication and administration at Tippet Rise. From managing the Art Center’s website and social media accounts to orchestrating event planning and ticketing, her contributions are indispensable to day-to-day operations and to her colleagues at Tippet Rise. Melissa has lived in Red Lodge, Montana, with her husband and daughter for four years.