Phillip serves as Music Director of the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Music at Mendocino College. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Henderson Symphony Orchestra from 2007–2011, as well the assistant conductor of orchestras, opera productions, and part-time conducting teacher at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. There he worked as the assistant conductor for Itzakh Perlman, as well as the rehearsal and cover conductor for concerts featuring Hilary Hanh, Sarah Chang, The Manhattan Transfer, and many other internationally renowned artists.
A sought-after pedagogue, Phillip has been invited to conduct at San Francisco State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sonoma State University, California State University in Fullerton, University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and more. For four years Phillip was the Music Director at French American International School in San Francisco, CA, and has taught at San Francisco State University, Woodside International School, and the University of Nevada.
An avid proponent of contemporary music, Phillip has premiered many new works from emerging composers, and has worked with internationally acclaimed composers including Chen Yi, Gabriela Lena Frank, Virko Baley, Bernard Rands, Ian Krouse, and Daria Semegen. Phillip served as the Resident Conductor for the Nextet New Music Ensemble from 2007–2010, and for the Oakland Composers’ Collective from 2012–2015. As a composer, Phillip’s music has been performed by Da Capo Chamber Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the California Orchestra Director’s Association, and has been featured at film festivals including Sundance International Film Festival and CineVegas Short Films Festival.
Phillip holds both a Master’s and Doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, where he received a Most Outstanding Graduate Student award. As an instrumentalist, he has performed at Notre Dame Cathedral, The Glenn Gould Studio of the CBC, Herbst Theater, Nourse Theater, and SF Jazz. He has participated in festivals including Atlantic Music Festival, Nextet New Music Festival, and worked as an assistant at The Conductors Retreat at Medomak. Phillip pursued his bachelor’s degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook where he studied classical guitar and composition.