PHILIP HILL - BASSOON
Philip Hill is Principal Bassoon of the Midland-Odessa Symphony, bassoonist of West Texas Winds, and Principal Bassoon of the Opera in the Ozarks Orchestra. He earned his Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Arizona. During his time at UArizona, he studied with William Dietz, was principal bassoon of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and was bassoonist in the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet and the Saguaro Bassoon Ensembles. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at East Carolina University, where he studied the bassoon under Christopher Ulffers and was principal bassoon of the ECU Symphony Orchestra. He also performed at times with the ECU Opera, which made itself known for performing a wide variety of works from standards of Mozart to world premieres. As part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative, Philip participated in many premieres, recordings, and new music projects. Most notable is his performance in the world premiere and recording of Travis Alford’s Loose Strands for chamber wind ensemble. He also made an appearance with the North Carolina Symphony during his time in the Southeast. Philip toured Europe at age 17 as part of the Virginia Ambassadors of Music, then returned to Europe in 2017 as a member of the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra, which performed in the famous Estates Theatre and the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Despite his heavy performance regimen, Philip is extremely active as an educator. He is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Texas Permian Basin, and has been a resident artist resident at the University of Idaho, Youth Orchestras of Lubbock, and Midland Montessori School. He is active on his Instagram account, @Bassoonatlarge, where he posts tutorials and excerpts of audition music for TMEA auditions and more. He is also a frequent clinician and audition judge throughout his various roles. Philip maintains a large private teaching studio in the Midland-Odessa area and is committed to expanding the performance of solo and chamber music to younger musicians.