Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Music


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.

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