DMA Composition, UC College-Conservatory of Music
MM Composition, Bowling Green State University
BM Composition, James Madison University
Phillip Roberts is a composer and performer with a penchant for music theory. The musical heritage of his home state, Virginia, lends an air of Americana to much of Roberts' music, and his preference for driving rhythms and modal harmonies comes from his passion for funk and soul.
During the summer, Roberts teaches Music Theory and Electronic Music Composition at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has fulfilled commissions for the Luray Main Street Singers, the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the opening of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. As a pianist and organist, Roberts is an active recitalist, championing not only his own works but those of his fellow composers. He was a pianist for the Cincinnati Ballet and has toured the East Coast and United Kingdom as a collaborative keyboardist for vocalists and choirs. John Hilliard, Marilyn Shrude and Michael Fiday are among the composers with whom he has studied.