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Paul Phillips appointed as conductor of Stanford's orchestras and Director of Orchestra Studies

June 12, 2017

Robin Wander at Stanford News reports on Paul Phillips, the Department of Music's new Director of Orchestral Studies and conductor for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia:

Paul Phillips has been named the new Director of Orchestral Studies at Stanford and will take over the baton from Interim Music Director and Conductor Anna Wittstruck as Music Director and Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Phillips is currently Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music and Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University. Phillips will join the Department of Music July 1.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Paul Phillips as our new Director of Orchestral Studies,” said Stephen Sano, Professor of Music and the Harold C. Schmidt Director of Choral Studies, who headed the nine-member committee that conducted an international search to fill the position. “He built and sustained an outstanding program at Brown,” Sano said. “During his visit to campus and audition rehearsals, his ability to instantly engage with the students in our orchestras was exciting to observe, and his intellectual curiosity and history of successful program building is an excellent fit for both the Stanford environment and what we envision for our Orchestral Studies Program.”

“I look forward tremendously to working with the marvelous students and faculty at Stanford and to many exciting concerts with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia in the future,” Phillips said. “I have already been approached about several fascinating collaborations, even though my new position has not yet officially begun.” Under his direction, the Brown University Orchestra won seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming; completed concert tours in China and Ireland; performed at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center (now David Geffen Hall) in New York; and gave concerts with Itzhak Perlman, Dave Brubeck, and other celebrated soloists. He is an accomplished pianist and composer, and at Brown taught conducting, score reading, and composition; courses in music theory and musicology; and an interdisciplinary course he created on the relationship of music with science, mathematics, history, and literature. He has also lectured and published widely.

Read the full article at Stanford News.