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Paul Phillips (Associate Professor)

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Personal bio
Paul Phillips is the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University, where he conducts the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia, and teaches conducting, topics in musicology, and interdisciplinary courses related to music. He has conducted over 70 orchestras, opera companies, choirs, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony and Paul Taylor Dance Company. His five Naxos recordings include two with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), one with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and two with the Brown University Orchestra during his lengthy tenure at Brown as Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music. He has also recorded with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and is a renowned pianist and composer whose arrangement of Stravinsky's "Mavra", published by Boosey & Hawkes, has been widely performed internationally. Phillips is the author of the book "A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess", a groundbreaking examination of Burgess's music and its relationship to his writings, and many other writings about Burgess. He is also a noted music theorist whose article "The Enigma of 'Variations': A Study of Stravinsky's Final Work for Orchestra" was cited by musicologist Richard Taruskin as "the best exposition in print of Stravinsky's serial methods." Educated at Eastman, Columbia, Cincinnati, Tanglewood, Aspen, and elsewhere, Phillips began his career as a coach/conductor in Germany at the Frankfurt Opera and Stadttheater Lueneburg before holding positions with numerous orchestras, opera companies, and choruses in the US. His conducting teachers include Gunther Schuller, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Bernstein.

Currently teaching
MUSIC 160Z: Stanford Symphony Orchestra (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 160AZ: Stanford Philharmonia (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 136: Intermediate Conducting: Music Since 1900 (Spring)
MUSIC 160: Stanford Symphony Orchestra (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 230: Advanced Orchestral Conducting (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 160A: Stanford Philharmonia (Autumn, Winter, Spring)
MUSIC 130B: Elementary Instrumental Conducting (Autumn)
MUSIC 160S: Stanford Summer Symphony (Summer)
MUSIC 160SZ: Stanford Summer Symphony (Summer)
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