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 as principal bassoon of the ECU Wind Ensemble and ECU Opera, the latter known for performing a wide variety of works – from popular Mozart operas 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. In addition to private bassoon instruction in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia and touring with the ECU Symphony Orchestra, he also made an appearance with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Philip was a member of the third season of the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra in 2017, which performed in the famous Estates Theatre and the Rudolfinum in Prague, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He first toured Europe at age 17 as part of the Virginia Ambassadors of Music, and also gave his first solo performance at age 17, performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto.
Despite his heavy performance regimen, Philip is extremely active as an educator. He is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and recently was an artist resident at the University of Idaho. He is active on his Instagram account @Bassoonatlarge, with which he live streams tutorials of audition music for Texas middle and high school bassoon players. He also holds a large private bassoon studio in the Midland-Odessa area and is committed to expanding the performance of solo and chamber music to younger musicians.