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Paul Phillips, Director of Orchestral Studies, elected Vice President of College Orchestra Directors Association, Western Division

The Western Division of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) recently elected Stanford's Paul Phillips, Associate Professor of Music and the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies, as their Vice President for 2020-21. Additionally, he will serve as President-Elect in 2021-22 and President of the Western Division for 2022-23.

The mission of the College Orchestra Directors Association is to promote and advance college and university orchestra programs through the collaborative assistance, insights, knowledge, creativity, resources, and shared vision of its members. CODA champions the art of conducting, teaching, and performing orchestral music and strives to encourage and support the artistic, professional, and personal growth of college orchestra directors and their students. With members from 43 states, as well as international members, CODA is an important resource for orchestra directors of all collegiate genres, including conservatories, large public universities with graduate programs, large private institutions, medium-sized programs with undergraduates only, small private and public colleges, college-community orchestras, and college-professional partnerships. The association advocates for orchestra directors in the higher education community by encouraging the development of artistic skills that are the essence of quality conducting, providing resources to better educate students of all majors, and promoting the conductor’s public role in the community.

Photo: Qiuke (Jack) Jia