Dr. Andrew Phillips (b. 1989) is the Assistant Professor of High Brass at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he teaches Horn and Trumpet. He holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, his Master’s in Horn Performance from the University of Iowa as the Teaching Assistant of the Horn studio, and the Doctorate of Musical of Arts from UNCG. His primary teachers have been Dr. Abigail Pack, Mr. Jeffrey Agrell, Mr. Jack Masarie, and Mrs. Robin Gorham. He has previously taught at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina, and was the Brass and Piano Instructor at Upbeat Music Company in Lewisville, North Carolina.
Dr. Phillips performs as Principal Horn of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the Alluvion Stage Company. He has also played with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Opera on the James, Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke Opera, Raleigh Symphony, Quad City Symphony, Ottumwa Symphony, Oskaloosa Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic and is a sub for the Virginia Opera. He has appeared as a guest artist at a number of universities, including UNCG, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Central Missouri, and the University of Georgia.
Dr. Phillips has performed in recitals and presented lectures at the 2014, 2016, and 2019 Southeast Horn Workshop, the 2013 Midwest Horn Workshop, and the 2018 Mid-south Horn Workshop. In the spring of 2017, Dr. Phillips was featured as a soloist with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and East Chapel Hill High School Orchestra on James Naigus' "Radiant Dances for Horn, Strings, and Percussion," and soloed with the Liberty University Band on Gary Kuo's "Wingspan." He also was a featured soloist in the fall of 2018 with the Liberty University Wind Symphony and in the spring of 2019 with East Chapel Hill High School Wind Ensemble performing Dan Rager's horn concerto "Colours of Saratov." He is a founding member of Cor Moto, a professional horn duo with Dr. James Naigus, and also the co-founder and host of "The Complete Musician" podcast. Dr. Phillips is also a series writer of "Technique Tips" and "The Creative Hornist" for The Horn Call, the official journal of the International Horn Society.
Dr. Phillips is an active composer with works being commissioned across the country and internationally for horn and piano, two horns and piano, two horns and brass ensemble, low brass trio, horn quartet, horn octet, brass septet, concert band, and other mixed chamber ensembles. In the summer of 2014, the Bay Brass premiered his work for two horns and brass ensemble entitled Radiance for Two Horns, with the Bay Brass accompanying hornists Radovan Vlatkovic, international soloist, and Robert Ward, principal horn of the San Francisco Symphony, as soloists. His horn octet "Exultant Fanfare for Horn Octet" most recently won the Composition Contest at the 2016 Northeast Horn Workshop hosted at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and was performed by artists on the final concert. In 2018 he also was granted a Meir Rimon Commissioning Award from the International Horn Society for his work Harrowing Sky for Trumpet, Horn, and Piano.
Dr. Phillips attended the Summer Brass Institute Music Festival in San Francisco, California in the summer of 2012 as a Fellowship recipient based on audition and returned in the summer of 2013 as the Assistant Director of the Music Festival. He conducted and composed for the high school ensemble, culminating in brass septet world premieres in concert, coached brass chamber music, and played in concerts and masterclasses with members of the San Francisco Symphony.