Philip D. Tappan - Conductor, Jazz Pianist, Composer
A Short Biography
 
    Philip Tappan, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army (MM orchestral conducting, State University of NY at Fredonia; BA music composition, Messiah College; BM music education SUNY Fredonia), has held the post of Graduate Assistant of Orchestras at SUNY Fredonia and has held engagements with Rocky Ridge Music Center, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Opera Harrisburg, and the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir. Philip has previously studied conducting with Dr. David Rudge, Dr. Timothy Dixon, Murray Sidlin & Colin Metters and has also worked and studied with the late British mezzo, Deliah Wallis (voice/opera). Philip currently works for the US Army Bands as a pianist and in 2015 will become a commissioned band officer and conductor. 
    
"Do not take up music unless you would rather die than not do so."
-Nadia Boulanger






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Curriculum Vitae
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EDUCATION

2011-2012 Bachelor of Music in Music Education
                 State University of New York at Fredonia (Fredonia, New York)
2008-2010 Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting Performance
                 State University of New York at Fredonia (Fredonia, New York)
                 Conducting Professor: Dr. David Rudge
2003-2007 Bachelor of Arts in music with a composition concentration
                 Messiah College (Grantham, Pennsylvania), with one semester
                 abroad at the University of Glouchestershire, Cheltenham, UK
                 Conducting Professor: Dr. Timothy Dixon
                 Composition Professor: Dr. Dwight W. Thomas
2006          Coursework in orchestral conducting
                 Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
                 Conducting Professor: Murray Sidlin
2002-2003 Undergraduate coursework in music composition
                 Catholic University of America (Washington, DC)
                 Composition Professor: Dr. Anthony Stark
                 Conducting Professor: Dr. Leo Nester
 
CONDUCTING POSTS HELD

2015              Associate Conductor, 1st Cavalry Division Band, Killeen, Texas
2013-2015     Guest Conductor, 2nd Infantry Division Band, Uijungbou,
                     Republic of Korea
2012              Orchestra and Choir Conductor/Director, Junior Student
                     Seminar 2, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park, Colorado
2008-2010     Opera Scenes Conductor, Student Opera/Theatre Association
2012              State University of New York at Fredonia
                     ·    Music Director: Magic Flute, Mozart; Tales of Hoffman,
                          Offenbach; Fidelio, Beethoven.
2008-2010      Graduate Assistant of Orchestras and Orchestral Conducting,
                      State University of New York at Fredonia
                     ·    Music Director: Sinfonia (training orchestra).
                          Assistant conductor: College Symphony Orchestra,
                          Chamber Orchestra and Hillman Opera.
                     ·    Taught 3-credit hours/semester of undergraduate
                           conducting.
                     ·    Wrote program notes, compiled programs, oversaw
                           librarian duties, organized semesterly composer readings,
                           etc.
2009              Choir Director of Trinity Episcopal Church (Fredonia, NY)
                     ·    Chose, rehearsed and directed music for weekly services.
                     ·    Resources included a paid choir, organist and a small
                          budget for extra instrumentalists on holy days.
                     ·    Budgeted choir expenses.
2006-2008     Assistant Conductor, West Shore Symphony Orchestra
                     (central Pennsylvania)
                     ·    Conducted family concerts.
                     ·    Led rehearsals when director was absent.
                     ·    Wrote program notes.
                     ·    Conducted one half season when director was on a
                           sabbatical.
2007             Substitute Orchestra Conductor, Messiah College
                     ·      Led rehearsals when director was absent.
2007             Resident Conductor, Capitol Opera Harrisburg (Pennsylvania)
                     ·    Conducted and directed a company of young professionals
                          (lead roles) and amateurs (chorus).
2005             Interim Church Music Director, New Horizons Church
                    (Saratoga Springs, NY)

CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS

2015             Anthony Maiello, TRADOC Band, FT Eustis, VA

2015             Dr. Dennis Zeisler, The band at FT Lee, Richmond, VA

2015             Dr. Jack Stamp, The United States Army Band, FT Myer, 
                    Arlington, VA

2015             Diane Wittry, Baton Basics, Norwalk, CT
 
EDUCATIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

2012         Student Teacher, Middle School Band and General Music, 
                Dunkirk Middle School, Dunkirk, NY
2010-2011 Volunteer Teacher, English as a second language
                Ministry of Education, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
2011          Lecturer for American Embassy, Tbilisi Georgia.
                 Presented the lecture '20th Century American Classical Music' at 
                 American Corners in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Telavi and the State
                 Consertatoire.
2008-2010  Lecturer of Basic Conducting, State University of New York at
                 Fredonia
2009         Presented 2, 40 minute seminars entitled “Created and Creative”
                at EXCEL 2009, a youth conference sponsored by Youth For
                Christ.
2008-2009 Private Vocal Instructor
2008         Guest Lecturer, Messiah College, PA
                Presented the lecture “Czech Nationalism and 19th Century
                Western Theory” to an upper level music theory classroom.
2008         Private Beginning Piano Instructor
2007-2008 Substitute Teacher, Saratoga Springs City School District, NY
                K-12, all subject areas, mostly music
2005         Music Theory Teaching Assistant, Messiah College
2005         Private Trumpet Instructor
2005         Lecturer, Saratoga Springs Public Library
                Presented a lecture to the youth division on ways to engage in
                music through rock, folk, and jazz bands.
 
RELATED MUSICAL PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

2013         Pianist for the US Army bands, E-4 Specialist. 
2003-2012 Freelance Jazz/Legit Pianist; weddings, church services,
                receptions, coffee houses, etc.
2010         Recital, A Fredonia Farewell, performing a plethora of repertoire
                on piano, voice, euphonium, harpsichord and original
                compositions
2009         Masters conducting recital, SUNY Fredonia, Sinfonia Orchestra
                Mozart, Vieuxtemps, Bizet/Shchedrin
2008         Paid Chorister, St. Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo, NY),
                Trinity Episcopal Church (Fredonia, NY)
2006-2009 Saratoga Springs High School Musical Club Cabaret Benefit,
                vocalist
2006         Freelance Choir Vocalist, Washington D.C.
2006         Senior Recital, Messiah College, music composition
2005          International Tuba and Euphonium Association,
                 Northeast Conference Tuba-Euphonium All-Star Ensemble,
                 euphonium 3rd chair, West Point, NY
2004         Junior Recital, Messiah College, euphonium
2003         Saratoga Springs High School, Graduation Orchestra,
                performance of original composition Ceremonious Recessional
                and Hymn
2002        Saratoga Springs High School production of Meet Me in St. Louis,
               male lead
2002        Senior Recital, Saratoga Springs High School;
                voice, organ, euphonium
2001-2002 City of Saratoga Springs First Night Celebration,
                musical artist, Piano & Vocals in Shades of Blue rock band
2001         Saratoga Springs High School production of State Fair, male lead
2001         New York State Music Association All-State Conference,
                Vocal Jazz Ensemble, baritone
2000         Saratoga Springs High School production of The Wiz, male lead
2000-2001 Entertainer, Six Flags Great Escape/ JRW Productions
                Production ‘Real Country’ male lead
1999-2001 Empire State Youth Chorale, baritone/bass
1999-2002 Hartwick Summer Music Festival, student participant
1999         New York City Ballet, stage extra
 
SELECTED CONDUCTING REPERTOIRE


CPE Bach
Symphony in D Major, Wq 183/I 
Symphonyin C Major, Wq 174
Barber
Knoxville: Summer of 1915 
Bartok
Divertimento for Strings
Viola Concerto
Beethoven
Egmont Overture 
Leonore 3 Overture 
Overture to Fidelio
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 3
Symphony No. 6 
Symphony No. 9
Fidelio (opera)
Bizet
Symphony in C
Carmen (opera)
Shchedrin-Bizet
Carmen Suite for Percussion and String Orchestra
Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 1 
Themes on a Variation by Haydn
Tragic Overture
Symphony No. 2
Britten
Simple Symphony
Bruch
Concerto No. 1 for Violin
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1(Chamber arrangement)
Copland
Quiet City
Dello Joio
Choereography
Children’s Gallery
Diamond
Rounds*
Donizetti
Una furtiva lagrima (l’elisir d’amore)
Dvorak
Carnival Overture
Cello Concerto
Symphony No. 8
Elgar
Chanson Nuit
Chanson Matin
Enigma Variations
String Serenade
Finko
Concerto Grosso
Franck
Symphony in D minor
Glass
Concerto for Saxophone Quartet
Grainger
Lincolnshire Posy
Granados
Three Spanish Dances
Handel
Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.3
Hadyn
Symphony No. 61
Hindemith
Acht Stucke
Kalinnikov
Symphony No. 1
Lully
Exerpts from Phaeton
Mascagni
Intermedio from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mozart
Adagio and Fugue
Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte
Overture to Don Giovanni
Se all impero, amici dei
Symphony No. 6
Symphony No. 38 ‘Prague’
Die Zauberflote
Offenbach
The Tales of Hoffmann
Orff
Carmina Burana
Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2
Symphony No. 5
Puccini
La Boheme (also performed Drum Major role and lead on stage military band)
Purcell
Chaconny
Rameau
Suite from Les Indes Galantes
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Rossini
La Gazza Ladra Overture
Saint-Saens
Symphony No. 3 “Organ”
Schubert
Symphony No. 1
Rosamunde Overture
Schumann
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 4
Smetana
Bartered Bride Overture
R. Strauss
Eb Horn Concerto
Strauss
Der Fledermaus Overture, Tales from the Vienna Wood
Stravinsky
Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Octet
Telemann
Suite for Orchestra in E Minor
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 2, “Little Russian”
Serenade for Strings
VaughanWilliams
Charterhouse Suite
Verdi
La Traviata
Vieuxtemps
Violin Concerto No. 5
 
AWARDS

2015          Distinguished Honor Graduate, Officer Candidate School, Fort                          Benning, Georgia
2013          Distinguished Honor Graduate, Lieutenant Colonel Esch,
                 US Army School of Music
2009-2010 Service Award, School of Music, SUNY Fredonia
2008-2010 Graduate Assistant of Orchestras and Orchestral Conducting,
                 SUNY Fredonia
2003-2004 Dwight W. Thomas New Music Award
2002          John Philip Sousa Band Award
1998          Peer Mediation Training Recognition
1997          Community Partners in Education Service Award
 
AFFILIATIONS

2009-2016  Conductors Guild
                  Subscribing member
2008           National Band Association
                  Subscribing member
2005-2016  Society for Music Theory
2009-2010  Subscribing member
 
INTERNSHIPS

2005         Assistant to the Conductor, West Shore Symphony Orchestra
                (central Pennsylvania), under direction of Dr. Timothy Dixon
   
2004          Assistant to the Associate Pastor, Grace Chapel, Jonesville, NY;
                 also involved with church music. 
2000-2001  Clerk, Saratoga Springs Music Center
                 (sheet music and supply shop)
 
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION (received)

Conducting: Dr. David Rudge, Colin Metters, Dr. Timothy Dixon,
                   Murry Sidlin, Dr. Leo Nester
Piano: Carol Carroll, Ya Ting Chang, Dr. Ivo Kaltchev
Continuo: Fr. Sean Duggan
Composition: Dr. Anthony Stark, Dr. Dwight W. Thomas
Organ: Farrell Goering, Sean Gingrich
Jazz/ Jazz Piano: Peg Delany, Mark Cook, Kirk Reese, Lee Shaw, Helen Sung (in workshop), Tim Warfield
Euphonium: Gil Corela, Eric Henry
Voice: Delia Wallis, Dr. Gene Ford, Russell Penney
Film Scoring: Maurice Saylor
 
VOLUNTEER WORK

2013         Volunteer ESL Teacher, Republic of Korea, Uijungbu
2010-2011  Volunteer Teacher, English as a second language
                Ministry of Education, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
2003-2009 Youth for Christ
                Excel Conferences: Audio and light engineer 2003, 2004, 2005,
                2006, 2008, 2009 (run audio production, lighting, set up,
                tear down as needed. Also give lectures and seminars such as
                “Created and Creative.”)
                Inside Out Soul Festival: Production crew: 2003, 2004
2002-2003 Young Life
                Summer Staff: August 2003
                Part of High Ropes Course Team
                Youth Leader: 2002
2002-2004 Equitability, Disabled equestrian riding facility
2011
 
COLLIGIATE ENSEMBLE PARTICIPATION
   
State University of New York at Fredonia:
   Sinfonia Training Orchestra: Conductor
   Hillman Opera: Assistant Conductor
   College Symphony Orchestra: Assistant Conductor, Celeste
   Chamber Orchestra: Assistant Conductor, Harpsichord
   The Improve Collective: Professor's Assistant
   Student Opera and Theatre Association: Music Director
   Fredonia Jazz Ensemble Combo: Pianist
   Gypsy Jazz Group: Accordion
   Fredonia Tuba-Euphonium Quartet: Euphonium
   
Catholic University of America:
      Cardinal Composers Society, composer
      Chamber Choir, baritone/bass
      Concert Choir, baritone/bass
      Pep Band, euphonium
      Wind Ensemble, euphonium
      Jazz Band, piano
Messiah College:
      Musica Nova Committee, composer
      Tuba Ensemble, euphonium
      Pit Orchestra, euphonium
      Graduation Band, euphonium
      Pep Band, euphonium
      Messiah College Singers, baritone/bass and arranger
      Brass Ensemble, euphonium
      Jazz Combo, piano
      Jazz Band, piano
      Wind Ensemble, euphonium
      Opera Workshop, baritone
 
AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
*References
*List of Compositions
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