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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


Curriculum Vitae



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


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


                      ·     Wrote program notes, compiled programs, oversaw

                            librarian duties, organized semesterly composer readings,


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


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)


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


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


2008-2010 Lecturer of Basic Conducting, State University of New York at


2009          Presented 2, 40 minute seminars entitled “Created and Creative”

                 at EXCEL 2009, a youth conference sponsored by Youth For


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.


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


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,


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


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


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)


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


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



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



*List of Compositions

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