Phillip Roberts, Music Theory

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Phillip RobertsPhillip Roberts is a composer with a strong penchant for music theory. From his home state of Virginia comes the musical heritage of the Shenandoah Valley, lending an air of Americana to much of Roberts' music and research. His preference for driving rhythms and soulful harmonies comes from his current residency in Cincinnati, the birthplace of funk. At Miami University, Roberts is an adjunct instructor for the undergraduate music theory curriculum. During the summer, he teaches music theory courses at Interlochen Arts Camp, as well as assisting with the electronic music studios and classes. Roberts has fulfilled commissions from such ensembles as the James Madison University Chorale, the Luray Main Street Singers, and the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Having given recitals featuring his own compositions, and guest lectures on theoretical topics from prolation canons to modal jazz, Roberts feels equally at home in several disciplines.

Roberts recently finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He also holds degrees from James Madison University and Bowling Green State University. John Hilliard, Marilyn Shrude and Michael Fiday are among the composers with whom he has studied.