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Dr. Phillip Schroeder

Dr. Phillip Schroeder, theory, composition 870-230-5253

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BM in Composition, University of Redlands
MM in Composition, Butler University
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory/Composition, Kent State University

Phillip Schroeder was born in 1956 in Rancho Cordova, California and raised in a military family. His life as a musician began early and has paralleled the diversity of surroundings, now twelve states: trumpet in concert bands, boys and mixed choirs, electric bass in rock and jazz bands, orchestral and chamber conducting, experimental improvisation ensembles, and piano performance.

A recipient of numerous awards, commissions, and honors, Phillip Schroeder has composed music for orchestra, wind ensemble, live-electronics, chamber ensembles, choir, instrumental solos, and voice. His music has been variously described as “wonderfully evocative,” and continuing “a tradition of brilliance and openness” with “powerful expressive qualities that focus on subtle shadings and nuances” and described as “expansive, lyrical sound-worlds.”

He has appeared as a featured guest composer, lecturer, and performer at music festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the United States and Europe, and has performed his own chamber works on over 150 concerts. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Palenville Interarts Colony, Millay Colony, and Charles Ives Center for American Music. His awards include the Delius Composition Contest, Rhode Island Philharmonic Composers Award, and New Music for Young Ensembles Competition. His music has been featured at numerous conferences, including annual meetings of the International Double Reed Society, International Clarinet Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc., as well as the 11th Annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival, and Memphis State University Imagine ’04 and ’00 Festivals.

Compact discs include the recently released Move in the Changing Light on Innova Recordings, music for multi-track pianos, soprano, baritone, electric bass, cello and digital delays. Four solo discs appear on the Capstone Records label: Songs of My Affinities for baritone, clarinet, cello, piano and synthesizer; Turning to the Center, songs for baritone, clarinet, and keyboards; all rivers at once, music for oboe, English horn, piano, synthesizer and electronics; and Music for Piano, with soloist Jeri-Mae Astolfi. Astolfi has also recorded Wrap It Up for solo piano on the Society of Composers, Inc. Performers Recording Series #1, Mélange: New Music for Piano, on Capstone. Lux aeterna is included on a Capstone CD through the Society of Composers, Inc., the ensemble WiZARDS! has recorded Reminiscence for double reed quartet on the Boston Records label, and the trombone quartet For Jim appears on Myths and Legends recently released on Albany Records by the Stentorian Consort. Additionally, Vienna Modern Masters has released Salutations for orchestra and Fantasy for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra. Scores are available from the composer and through Moon of Hope Publications, Imagine Music Publications, Recital Publications, Bocal Music, and Mill Creek Publications. Another Shore, for multi-track celesta and digital delays, will be released Cold Blue Music Anthology Two during the spring of 2009.

As a dedicated New Music advocate he has hosted 14 contemporary music festivals and conferences, has performed and conducted myriad works by living composers, and serves as the Producer and Recording Engineer for the Society of Composers, Inc. Performers Recording Series. Phillip Schroeder is on the faculty at Henderson State University, and has taught at Grinnell College, Butler University, Hamilton College, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Iowa. He received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Redlands, a Master of Music in Composition from Butler University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory/Composition from Kent State University. His compositional studies included intensive work with Barney Childs, Larry Solomon, Michael Schelle, Thomas Janson, and Frank Wiley.

Among the many influences on his work, the most significant include Taoism and all traditions of mysticism, good food, the overtone series, the lessons provided by nature, and the love and patience of friends.


 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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