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Originally from Wisconsin, Philip is currently pursuing a Doctorate in violin performance at Texas Tech University. He is also a member of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and a founding member of the Elysian String Quartet, which has served as the Graduate String Quartet for two years at Texas Tech. With the quartet, and in conjunction with the Lubbock Symphony Outreach program, he has performed outreach and educational concerts at numerous schools throughout Lubbock.

He holds a Master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Sally O’Reilly. His Bachelor’s degree is also in violin performance, and is from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin, where he studied with Lewis Rosove, former assistant principal violist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

He also holds Suzuki Certification from multiple summer institute programs, including the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and through the MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. He has studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Nancy Jackson, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Kathy Wood, and Sharon Miller. He has studied traditional pedagogy with Sally O’Reilly, John Gilbert, and Elizabeth Pabon.