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A Bit About Philip

     Born in Schenectady, NY and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Philip Tappan premiered and conducted his first composition at the age of 14 with the Saratoga Springs High School Orchestra. Starting his studies in music composition at the Catholic University of America, he completed his undergraduate studies at Messiah College, where he earned his B.A. in music composition.



     In 2008, Philip won the post of Graduate Assistant of Orchestras and Orchestral Conducting at the State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) and completed his Masters in Music (orchestral conducting performance) in 2010. At SUNY Fredonia, Philip conducted the university’s Training Orchestra, assistant conducted the Chamber and College Symphony Orchestras as well as the Hillman Opera and organized yearly composer readings. Whilst studying conducting closely with Dr. David Rudge, Philip also taught one section of basic-undergraduate conducting per semester, played continuo in the Chamber Orchestra and was a sought after jazz pianist in local venues. Philip has previously studied conducting with Dr. Timothy Dixon, Murray Sidlin & Colin Metters.

     Among other notables, Philip has worked and studied with the late Deliah Wallis (voice/opera), Lee Shaw (jazz piano) & Fr. Sean Duggan (Hindemith Studies).

     As a conductor, Philip has also held engagements with the Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), the 2nd Infantry Division Band (Uijungbou, Rep. of Korea), the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (Harrisburg, PA), the Messiah College Symphony Orchestra (Grantham, PA), and Capitol Opera Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA). Philip was also choirmaster of the Trinity Episcopal Church Choir, Fredonia, NY from January 2009 to 2010.



     In the 2010-2011 school year, Philip volunteered as a school teacher in the City of Tbilisi Public School system through the Ministry of Education, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (the former Soviet Bloc State). Working with the the national conservatory and the US Embassy in Tbilisi, he was also invited to give four lectures to Georgian youth on American Classical music in the 20th century.



     Philip earned a second baccalaureate in music education (BM) from the State University of NY at Fredonia in 2012 and is certified to teach music in NY state K-12.

     Currently Philip is serving in the US Army Bands as a conductor, with the rank of Captain (O-3). He joined the US Army Bands in 2013, initially serving as a pianist, with the rank of Specialist (E-4).

Links to related websites:

Philip Tappan's Media Page

Philip's YouTube Channel

SUNY Fredonia's School of Music Website

Dr. David Rudge's Website

The Improv Collective


Last updated 20 Nov 2011

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