Apr-14 Phillip Visits Cuba with the PEN trio
Phillip just returned from Havana, Cuba where he was a featured guest at the Fiesta de los Clarinetes. On Friday night Phillip performed as a soloist in the opening concert, then on Saturday night the PEN Trio performed a full program at the Oratorio San Felipe Neri. During their stay in Cuba, the trio also worked extensively with students at the Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana

Mar-14 Phillip Visits China
Last week Phillip returned to China where he presented a solo recital of electro-acoustic works as well as a master class at Zhaoqing University.

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Jan-2 Performances in Israel
Phillip just returned from a trip to Israel where he performed  James Whitbourn's Annalies with Colla Voce and Musica Viva.  The trip included performances in Haifa and in Tel Aviv at the Israel Conservatory of Music.  The work is based on the Diary of Anne Frank and is set for violin, cello, piano, clarinet, soprano solo and choir.  

After a performance at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

After a performance at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv.

Dec-19 Upcoming Recording Project
In June 2017 Phillip will record a solo album with pianist Richard Masters featuring works by John Ireland and Sergei Prokofiev.  The album is tentatively scheduled for commercial release in 2018.  This project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the John Ireland Trust, Bruce Carver Multicultural Grant, Oleg Prokofiev Trust, Moss Center for the Arts, and the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech.

Nov-18 PEN Trio Visits Guatemala
Phillip just returned from Guatemala where he was performing with the PEN Trio and teaching for several days at the Escuela de Musica Metropolitana in Guatemala City.  The trio was also featured on Guatemala's national radio station, TGW. The show, "Musica en Transito" is a regular hour-long program hosted by Jorge Sierra. The broadcast included performances of works by M. Shawn Hudley, Villa Lobos, Canteloube and Milhaud, as well as interviews with the help of Pedro Rendon (translator). 

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Oct-3 PEN Trio Featured on Utah Public Radio
The PEN Trio was featured today on Utah Public Radio after a concert at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art in Logan.  The feature included a short interview with the trio as well as some brief sound clips from the concert.

Sep-24 2016-7 Season Overview
Phillip's 2016-7 concert season is now well underway after a solo recital at Virginia Tech as part of the "Music on Mondays" series featuring Weber’s Clarinet Quintet as well as electro-acoustic works by Daniel Eichenbaum and Nikola Resanovic.  Next week he will tour Utah and Idaho with the PEN Trio, then in November the trio will premiere a new work by Jon Grier entitled Security Lapses in South Carolina before traveling to Florida and Guatemala for concert tours.  In December he will appear in Haifa and Tel Aviv, Israel with Musica Viva and the Colla Voce choir in performances of James Whitbourn's moving Annelies.  In February the trio premieres new electro-acoustic works by Daniel Eichenbaum and Charles Nichols in West Virginia, and then in March Phillip will travel to China to teach and present solo recitals.  In April the trio will visit Havana, Cuba as featured guests at the Fiesta de los Clarinetes.  Then in May Phillip will perform Rossini's Introduction, Theme and Variations in California with the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra before the PEN Trio finishes the season with a tour in Puerto RIco.

Jun -7  Panamá
Phillip just returned from Panamá where he performed at the Festival Afredo de Saint Malo with the PEN Trio.  The Festival Afredo de Saint Malo is one of Panama's best classical music festivals and includes performers from both Panama and around the world.   While in Panamá Phillip also presented a master class at the Instituto Nacional de Música de Panamá.

May-28  'Squeak Big' Reviewed in 'Michigan Music Educator'
Click here to see the full review of Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist in the most recent issue of Michigan Music Educator (the journal of the Michigan Music Educators Association).

May-25  Phillip to Perform with the Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Medellín
Phillip will perform with the Cuarteto de Clarinetes de Medellín (Colombia) on Thursday August 4 at ClarinetFest in Lawrence, Kansas.  The program will feature works by Colombian composers on a program entitled "South American Flavors".  The PEN Trio will also perform at ClarinetFest on Saturday August 6 in a program that will include works by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee and Witold Lutosławski.

Apr-30  Phillip Visits Wrocław, Poland for ClariMania   
Phillip just returned from Wrocław, Poland where he was a featured performer at ClariMania.  ClariMania is one of Europe's largest festivals devoted to the clarinet and includes distinguished performers from around the world.  Phillip performed a featured recital that included two electro-accoustic works  as well as Muczynski's Time Pieces.  As part of his time at ClariMania Phillip also presented a master class.

Apr-11  PEN Trio Premieres New Work by Composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee
Last week the PEN Trio premiered Blue Fountains, Red Flames by distinguished Chinese composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.  Lee is currently on sabbatical from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and teaching at the University of Chicago.  The trio also performed the work on tour throughout the week with performances at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  The work will be published later this year by TrevCo-Publishing in the PEN Trio Collection.  

Mar-12  Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio Visits Trinidad
Members of the Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio just returned from a weeklong visit to Port of Spain, Trinidad.  The visit was a part of an exchange with the clarinet studio at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and classes, sightseeing and three performances.  Click here for more information about this trip.

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Jan-12  Happy New Year!
This will be another busy year with several important concerts, including trips to Trinidad with the Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio in March, performances at ClariMania in Wroclaw, Poland in April, and several other performances throughout the United States.  The PEN Trio's season will include performances at ClarinetFest 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas, concert tours in Idaho and Wisconsin, as well as a tour in Cuba that will include performances at the Centro Nacional de Musica de Concierto and at the Universidad de las Artes in Havana.

Check out the review of Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist from the December 2015 issue of The Clarinet (the journal of the International Clarinet Association).

Check out the review of Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist from the December 2015 issue of The Clarinet (the journal of the International Clarinet Association).

Dec-15  'Squeak Big' Reviewed in 'The Clarinet" 
Click here to read the full review of Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist that appeared in the December issue of The Clarinet (the journal of the International Clarinet Association).

Oct-15    New Work by Distinguished Chinese Composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee for the PEN Trio
Renowned Chinese composer Wendy Wan-Ki Lee is currently working on a new piece for the PEN Trio.  The piece, titled Blue Fountains, Red Flames, will be premiered in April 2016 at Lawrence Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin and published in the PEN Trio Collection by TrevCo Publishing.

Oct-15    Phillip Awarded Niles Research Grant Award
Phillip was recently awarded a Niles Research Grant along with Virginia Tech piano professor Richard Masters.  The grant will allow for travel to Rochester, New York to work with distinguished Eastman School of Music Professor Jean Barr in preparation for an upcoming recording project.

Sep-15    Bruce Carver Multicultural Grant Awarded to Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio to Support Travel to Trinidad
It was recently announced that the Bruce Carver Multicultural Grant has been awarded to the Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio to support an exchange project with the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  In March 2016 the Virginia Tech Clarinet Studio will travel to Port of Spain, Trinidad to work with faculty and students at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  Then a few weeks later students from Trinidad will visit Blacksburg to reciprocate.  The participating students will present multiple concerts in both locations that will include a new work for clarinet ensemble and steel pan drum, as well as a multimedia work for clarinet ensemble.

Jun-15    PEN Trio Records New Album in New York City
The PEN Trio recently recorded their debut album, "Found Objects" in New York City with Boston-based Soundmirror. The album will include new works, written expressly for the ensemble, by William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn with an anticipated commercial release in 2016. 

For more than 40 years Soundmirror has been one of the world’s foremost recording companies specializing in on location classical recordings.  This new recording of the PEN Trio is under the guidance of audio engineer/producer Dirk Sobotka who is truly one of the best in the business.  Dirk’s work has resulted in numerous Grammy nominations as well as the 2010 Grammy for Best Engineered Classical Album