Douglas Phillips

Douglas Phillips

Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, Conducting

"Musical tone is one of the most powerful forces in the world. Maybe even the most powerful. We don't tend to think of it that way, but contemplate the idea of musical tone by itself. At the core of each tone is peace." -- David Maslanka, American composer

  • D.MA, instrumental conducting, University of Miami, 2012
  • M.M., instrumental conducting, Western Michigan University, 2001
  • BME., instrumental (general), Stetson University, 1999

Contact

Course Sampling

  • University Symphonic Band
  • University Concert Band
  • Conducting I: Basic Conducting
  • Conducting II: Instrumental Conducting
  • Conducting III: Advanced Instrumental Conducting
  • Wind Band Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Conducting: Pedagogy and Performance
  • Wind Band/Ensemble Literature & History
  • Wind/Brass/Percussion: Pedagogy and Performance
  • Music Education

Biography

Douglas L. Phillips is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music in the School of Music at Stetson University where he serves as music director and conductor of the University Symphonic Band & Concert Band, oversees all aspects of the university's comprehensive band program, serves as an academic advisor, and teaches courses in music education, wind band literature, and instrumental conducting. Prior to his appointment at Stetson Dr. Phillips served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Western Illinois University, Associate Director of Bands at The University of Virginia, and taught public school in the state of Florida where he was Director of Bands at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, and Director of Instrumental Music at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island. Dr. Phillips was twice nominated as an "Outstanding Academic Advisor" at Western Illinois University, and was awarded a Ste tson University Top Hatter Award for "Outstanding Organization Advisor."

In addition to his duties at Stetson University Dr. Phillips is honored to serve as the music director and conductor of the Southern Winds wind symphony. Southern Winds is an ensemble comprised of Stetson faculty and alumni, band directors, music educators, and other music professionals from Central Florida. Southern Winds performs annually as the featured ensemble for the FBA Hall of Fame Roll of Distinction Concert, and is regularly invited to perform for the Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference. Honored by an invitation from the International Clarinet Association, Southern Winds served as the featured concert band at ClarinetFest® 2017 (July 2017) in Orlando, Florida, and was honored to collaborate with four of the world's preeminent clarinet soloists: Nicholas Baldeyrou, Julie DeRoche, Alex Fiterstein and Anna Hashimoto.

Active and sought-after as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Phillips is regularly invited to conduct county and state honor bands, as well as work with middle school, high school, community, and university level ensembles. During the summer months Dr. Phillips serves as a member of the faculty for several Stetson University Summer Music Camps. These camps are intense weeklong summer workshops where Dr. Phillips is the conductor of the camp's Double-Reed Bands, Clarinet Choirs, Saxophone Choirs, Flute Choirs, and Brass Ensembles.

Dr. Phillips maintains active professional memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the National Band Association, the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma, is a Sigma Alpha Iota "Friend of the Arts," and is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. As a leader in the profession Dr. Phillips has served the National Band Association's Board of Directors as the chair of the NBA Awards Committee (2006-2014); is the host for the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame at Stetson University; serves as a member of the FBA Hall of Fame Board of Directors, the FBA Clinics Committee, the FBA Commissioning Committee; and is the Florida State Chair for CBDNA.

Dr. Phillips holds degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts, Instrumental Conducting), Western Michigan University (Master of Music, Instrumental Conducting), and Stetson University (Bachelor of Music Education).

Research

  • Conducting: pedagogy and performance
  • Wind ensemble/band literature
  • Wind band history
  • Music education

Publications

  • "Hero by Andrew Boss." (2019) World Premiere Performance - Stetson University Symphonic Band (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor). Stetson University, School of Music, DeLand, Florida.
  • "Southern Winds: Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference 2019." (2019) Compact Disc Recording. Encore Audio, Miami, Florida.
  • "Southern Winds: Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference 2018." (2018) Compact Disc Recording. Encore Audio, Miami, Florida.
  • "Mosaic in Silver by Sydney Hodkinson." (2018) World Premiere Performance - Stetson University Symphonic Band (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor) and Tammara K. Phillips (flute). Stetson University, School of Music, DeLand, Florida.
  • "Concerto for Wood, Skin and Metal by Seung-Won Oh." (2017) World Premiere Performance - Southern Winds (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor), Julie DeRoche (clarinet), and Jeffrey DeRoche (percussion). ClarinetFest® 2017 - International Clarinet Association, Orlando, FL
  • "Southern Winds: Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference 2017." (2017) Compact Disc Recording. Encore Audio, Miami, Florida.
  • "2017 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA): Stetson University Symphonic Band." (2017) Compact Disc Recording. Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc., Clarence, New York.
  • "Missa Memoriis by Sydney Hodkinson." (2017) World Premiere Performance - Stetson University Symphonic Band (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor). Stetson University, School of Music, DeLand, Florida
  • "Southern Winds: Florida Bandmasters Association Summer Conference 2016." (2016) Compact Disc Recording. Encore Audio, Miami, Florida.
  • "Symphony No. 10 by Sydney Hodkinson." (2014) World Premiere Performance - Stetson University Symphonic Band (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor). Stetson University, School of Music, DeLand, Florida
  • "Midnight Passage by Sydney Hodkinson." (2013) World Premiere Performance - Stetson University Symphonic Band (Douglas L. Phillips, conductor) and Ashley Heintzen (bassoon). Stetson University, School of Music, DeLand, Florida.