Paul Schuyler Phillips, recipient of the 2015 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning, holds appointments at Brown as Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music, and Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Music. He is an award-winning conductor and composer who has led more than 60 orchestras, choirs, opera and ballet companies worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), and recorded with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, the Brown University Orchestra has toured China and Ireland, performed with Itzhak Perlman, Dave Brubeck, and other world-renowned soloists, played at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and recorded two CDs for Naxos, including Manhattan Intermezzo, the #1 best-selling Naxos CD worldwide in March 2016. He has directed the orchestral and chamber music programs at Brown since 1989, and taught score reading and conducting, composition, music theory, musicology, and the interdisciplinary course "Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History, and Literature", which he designed in 2009. He is also Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, author of A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess (Manchester University Press, 2010), and recipient of the 2016 Music Composition Fellowship Merit Award from the RI State Council on the Arts. In April 2016 he completed Weedpatch, a two-act opera commissioned by North Cambridge Family Opera in Massachusetts. BA cum laude in music 1978 and MA in composition 1980 (Columbia); MM in orchestral conducting 1982 (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). On 1 July 2017, he became Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, and is on a leave of absence from Brown for the 2017-18 academic year.
Anthony Burgess and France.
|Anthony Burgess, composer Anthony Burgess: Orchestral Music. Naxos CD. 2016; 8.573472|
|Neil Sedaka, Keith Emerson, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin Manhattan Intermezzo. Naxos CD. 2016; 8.573490|
Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Volume Two.
Naxos CD. 2015; 8.573105
A Clockwork Orange: A Norton Critical Edition.
2011; : 236-245.
Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Volume One.
Naxos CD. 2011; 8.572567
|A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess. 2010;|
Anthony Burgess: Music in Literature and Literature in Music.
2009; : 7-19.
Anthony Burgess and Modernity.
2008; : 79-94.
Conductor, composer, and author of A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess (Manchester University Press 2010, paperback 2014). Recent guest conducting: Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta (Argentina), RTÉ National Orchestra (Ireland), University of Angers Symphony Orchestra (France), Angers Conservatory Orchestra (France), Macau International Music Camp (Macau), 2016 Rhode Island Senior All-State Orchestra.
Original compositions include:
Opera Weedpatch (libretto by Bill Harley)
Orchestra Battle-Pieces (with baritone soloist), Black Notes and White, Brass Knuckles: Pugilistic Prelude in Rondo Form for Large Orchestra, Brownian Motion, Go Perfect Into Peace, War Music Suite, Wave
Ballet Celestial Harmonies (string orchestra)
Chorus Three Burgess Lyrics
Vocal Miracle Songs, “Fifty-Five”, Battle-Pieces [published by Classical Vocal Reprints]
Chamber Music Quintet for Assorted Wind Instruments, String Trio, Invocation
Keyboard Dorian Bagatelle, Nantucket Rag
For Young Audiences Come On Out and Play, Jack and the Beanstalk
Opera Mavra (Stravinsky), chamber ensemble [published by Boosey & Hawkes]
Orchestra The Harlem Rag (Turpin), chamber orchestra; The Sweetheart Tree (Mercer), string orchestra; Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin), string orchestra
Chamber Music: Prelude & Fugue in B♭ from The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard (Burgess), string quartet
For Young Audiences: You’re in Trouble (Harley), There’s a Pea on my Plate (Harley), chamber orchestra
Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University since 1989, is an award-winning conductor, composer, pianist, author, and educator. Acclaimed as a conductor “who was born to stand on a podium,” his honors include 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course in Holland, 1st Prize in the Wiener Meisterkurse Conductors Course in Vienna, and 11 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.
Paul has conducted over 60 orchestras worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta, and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, and led opera and ballet performances with the Boston Academy of Music, Opera Providence, Festival Ballet Providence, and many other companies. He has recorded two compact discs with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, two CDs for Naxos (Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Volumes 1 and 2) with the RTÉ National Symphony of Ireland, and two Naxos CDs with the Brown University Orchestra released in 2016: Manhattan Intermezzo, featuring pianist Jeffrey Biegel, and Anthony Burgess: Orchestral Music, the first recording of orchestral music by the celebrated British composer-novelist. Both recordings have been critically acclaimed, with Manhattan Intermezzo topping the charts in March 2016 as the #1 best-selling Naxos recording worldwide.
Paul has held positions with the Greensboro Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Savannah Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and numerous other US orchestras and opera companies. He currently serves as Music Director of the Brown University Orchestra, and the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Massachusetts. With a repertoire of over 1000 works, he has conducted a wide range of music from the Renaissance to the present day. His recent activity includes recording and guest conducting in Ireland, France, Macau, and Argentina.
As Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University, Paul teaches score reading and conducting, composition, music theory, and musicology in addition to serving as director of the orchestral program, chamber music program, and string instrument division of the Applied Music Program, which provides private instruction to student musicians. Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersections with Science, Mathematics, History, and Literature, an interdisciplinary course that he developed in 2009, always attracts a fascinating array of students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Paul’s achievements in teaching were honored with the 2015 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown. The statement accompanying the award reads: “You have made extraordinary contributions to Brown as teacher, mentor, advisor, and colleague, as ‘papa to generations of Department of Music students’. You are a creative thinker, able to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations across departmental boundaries, always ensuring that your students benefit from the exciting programming your help enables. The breadth of interest and energy that has sustained your interdisciplinary teaching and writing have been inseparable from your work as a conductor, and as conductor of the Brown Orchestra, you occupy a unique position in which you have exemplified excellence in teaching in multiple ways.”
The Brown University Orchestra, considered one America’s finest collegiate orchestras, has toured China and Ireland; given concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, Faneuil Hall, and MIT’s Kresge Auditorium; performed with Itzhak Perlman, Dave Brubeck, and many other illustrious soloists; hosted Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, and many other leading composers; and won 7 ASCAP Awards under Paul’s direction. In addition to recording the two CDs for Naxos, recent BUO activities include a Gala performance of Beethoven’s 9th at The Vets; recent US or RI premieres of works by Philip Glass, Eric Nathan, Wang Lu, Ching-Mei Lin, and Anthony Burgess; and concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
As Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus since 1994, Paul has led this organization to new artistic heights. The PVS has represented Massachusetts in the Ford Made in America Project; performed Earshot readings of new music in cooperation with the American Composers Orchestra; recorded for Arizona University Recordings; and performed much of the standard orchestral and oratorio repertoire, two operas, and dozens of premieres. The PVS has been profiled three times in Symphony Magazine, won three ASCAP Awards, and received the 2013 New England Public Radio Arts & Humanities Award as Outstanding Organization.
A strong believer in the importance of music in the lives of young people, Paul has served as music director of youth orchestras in North Carolina and Massachusetts, and as an adjudicator and clinician at high school music festivals at Carnegie Hall and in Boston. He has guest conducted numerous all-state and district orchestras throughout the US, including the 2016 Rhode Island Senior All-State Orchestra. He has also led hundreds of young people’s concerts nationwide, particularly as Youth Concert Conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra from 1985-99, and continues to conduct educational concerts annually with the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra.
An avid ragtime pianist and jazz aficionado, Paul has led pops concerts featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett, and other popular artists. As a trumpet player, Paul played in orchestras, symphonic bands, jazz and jazz-rock combos, and brass ensembles in his youth, including the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble. As a pianist, he has recorded for film and television, performed at the Mohawk Trail Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Recital Hall, and Lincoln Center, and played on innumerable chamber music recitals, often accompanying his wife, soprano Kathryne Jennings, and other vocalists.
After studying composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music, Paul completed his studies at Columbia, receiving a B.A. cum laude in music and an M.A. in composition, followed by an M.M. in orchestral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He pursued additional studies in piano and conducting at the Salzburg “Mozarteum”, Académie internationale d'été in Nice, Music Academy of the West, and Aspen Music Festival, and at the age of 26, was one of a small group of conductors chosen to study with Leonard Bernstein at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. From LA, Paul flew to Germany to begin his professional career as Conducting Assistant to Michael Gielen at the Frankfurt Opera and then as 1st Kapellmeister at Stadttheater Lüneburg. Upon his selection for the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program, he returned to the US, assuming conducting posts with Greensboro Symphony, Greensboro Opera, Savannah Symphony, and other American orchestras and opera companies. At 29, Paul resumed his studies with Bernstein as a conducting student at Tanglewood, also studying with Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Gunther Schuller, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, and other renowned maestros.
Paul is a highly successful composer of works in many genres, including opera, orchestra, chorus, vocal, and keyboard. In 2016 he completed his first opera, Weedpatch, a two-act opus set in California’s Central Valley in 1940. Based on a libretto by two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley, the premiere production will be given in 2018 in Massachusetts by North Cambridge Family Opera, which commissioned the opera from Paul in 2013 upon selecting him from over 60 composers as the winner of its $20,000 Commission Competition. In 2016 he also composed Brass Knuckles for the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra (which premiered it in October 2016), and received a Fellowship in Music Composition and a Project Grant for Individual Artists (to compose Brass Knuckles) from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Other recent compositions include Wave (for orchestra), Battle-Pieces (song cycle for baritone and orchestra on Melville poems), A/B (for actor and chamber ensemble), and War Music (music theatre work based on Christopher Logue’s contemporary retelling of The Iliad). For young audiences, he has composed Come On Out and Play and Jack and the Beanstalk, and written orchestral arrangements of several of Bill Harley’s songs. Paul’s composition honors include awards from the American Music Center, ASCAP, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, and National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Paul’s book A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess, the first comprehensive study of Burgess’s music and its relationship to his literature, has enjoyed wide critical acclaim. Published by Manchester University Press in 2010 and now available in paperback, A Clockwork Counterpoint was described by one reviewer as "sumptuous, prodigiously researched, elegantly written", "necessary and splendid", and "seamlessly fascinating", concluding that Paul "has conjured up a 'new' Burgess that will forever alter his reputation." Another dubbed Paul "the world's most energetic and influential champion of Burgess's music…[whose] knowledge of Burgess's writings rivals his technical knowledge of music, so that he is better qualified than any previous writer on Burgess to take the full measure of the man's accomplishments." He has edited and performed many Burgess compositions (including numerous US and world premieres), contributed essays published in the Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange and five books on Burgess (including one dedicated to Paul), appeared in the BBC television documentary The Burgess Variations, and penned the Burgess entry in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
In addition to musicology, Paul is noted for his work as a music theorist. His article “The Enigma of Variations: A Study of Stravinsky’s Final Work for Orchestra” (in Music Analysis) is cited by Richard Taruskin, widely considered the world’s foremost musicologist, in Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions as “the best exposition in print of Stravinsky’s serial methods.” Articles and reviews by Paul have been published in Symphony Magazine, The Journal of Music, Music Notes, and other publications.
2012 Art Song Competition, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) – Finalist Award for Battle-Pieces
ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music (11): Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, 1986
(1st Prize); Brown University Orchestra – 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 (1st Prize), 2009; Pioneer Valley Symphony – 1997, 2011, 2014
2015 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown University
ASCAPLU$ Awards (formerly ASCAP Standard Award in Composition): 1996-2016
Brown University Grants (Curricular Development, Faculty Research, Humanities Research Funds): 1997-2016
RI State Council for the Arts – Merit Fellowships in Music Composition (5): 1998, 2000, 2006, 2014, 2016
RI State Council for the Arts – Project Grants for Individual Artist (6): 1994, 1996, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2016
|Director of Orchestral Studies. 2017-|
|Music Advisor. 2015-2018|
|Music Director and Conductor. 1994-2018|
|Music Director and Conductor. 1989-2018|
|MUSC 0510 - Harmonic Convergence: Music's Intersection with Science, Mathematics, History, and Literature|
|MUSC 0560 - Theory of Tonal Music|
|MUSC 0610 - Orchestra|
|MUSC 0611 - Orchestra|
|MUSC 0680 - Chamber Music Performance|
|MUSC 0681 - Chamber Music Performance|
|MUSC 1500C - Major Masters of Music: Igor Stravinsky|
|MUSC 1700 - Score Reading and Conducting|