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Phillip S.
Plainfield, Illinois
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About Phillip S.

Double bassist and violist da gamba Phillip is an active and enthusiastic performer of contemporary, solo, orchestral, and chamber repertoires. As a double bassist, Phillip has performed with EChO – the Evanston Chamber Opera Company, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Lake Forest Symphony, Musicians for Michiana, New Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony, the Zohn Collective, and many others. In recent years, Phillip has emerged among the nation’s leading advocates of the viol – the viola da gamba. Phillip has emerged among the nation’s leading advocates of the viol – the viola da gamba. Co-founding the historical-performance ensembles Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, ViolMedium, and the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols, he has appeared across the United States with groups ranging from the Burning River Baroque, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Les Touches, the Newberry Consort, and many others. As a champion of a variety of new works for the viol, Phillip performed the U.S. premieres of Rudolph Dolmetsch’s Concertino for Viola da Gamba & Small Orchestra in 2012, Carl Friedrich Abel's Concerto Violo de Gambo in 2018 as well as being the 1st American gambist to perform ALL of Telemann’s once-lost 1735 Viola da Gamba Fantasias in 2017 - the 250th anniversary of Telemann's death. Phillip can be heard on WFMT Chicago, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio, and on releases from Clarion, Cedille, and Varèse Sarabande Records. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, Phillip teaches at Valparaiso University, North Central College, the Music Institute of Chicago and has served as assistant director of Illinois’ first public-school period-instrument program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Phillip has served on the faculties of the Madison Early Music Festival, the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and is the music director of Viols in Our Schools earning him Early Music America’s 2010 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in Early Music outreach. Study a variety of modern and period instruments with this versatile artist now. *** Lesson Details *** Private instruction is a vital part of a student's education. My job as a specialist is to work on detailed technical concepts, help the student be more effective and efficient on their instrument, and expose students to a variety of repertoire and styles, accelerating their progress from a beginner to an effective musician. *** Studio Equipment *** Double Bass 4-String Vielle 6-String Treble Viola da Gamba 7-String Bass Viola da Gamba 7-String Elecctric Guitar 6-String Bass Guitar *** Travel Equipment *** Hyundai Ionic Wagon *** Specialties *** Double Bass, Violas da Gamba (Treble Viol, Tenor Viol, Bass Viol, Violone), Vielle, Bass Guitar & Guitar

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Teaching since 2002

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Doctor of Music, DMus - Music Performance (Double Bass & Viola da Gamba)

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Dr. Serna is such a kind, patient, and super funny teacher. I took viola da gamba lessons from him for a few months during the height of the pandemic as kind of a passion project, and it was awesome! Highly recommend.

Posted Jul 10, 2021
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Dr. Serna is a masterful musician and teacher who is easy going and tailors the lessons to your needs. He had a vast wealth of knowledge in music and history and could not be a kinder person. You will advance quickly under the tutelage of Dr. Serna and have fun doing it.

Posted Jul 9, 2021
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Dr Serna has instructed my daughter on the Double Bass for a few years now. He has come to her school for weekly lessons and in-home. She has improved immensely with his instruction. Dr Serna is knowledgeable, personable and is very good at what he does.

Posted Jul 7, 2021
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5th Wave Collective
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Mar 2019 - Present
EChO, The Evanston Chamber Opera Company
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Nov 2018 - Present
Bella Voce Sinfonia (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
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ViolMedium (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass
Sep 2016 - Present
North Central College
Instructor of Double Bass, Viola da Gamba & Viol Consort
Sep 2015 - Present
Music Institute of Chicago
Double Bass Faculty & Chamber Music Coach
Jul 2015 - Present
OPUS Chamber Music Camp
Viola da Gamba (Treble Viol, Tenor Viol, Lyra Viol & Bass Viol) & Violone
Jan 2012 - Present
New Comma Baroque (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
Adjunct Instructor of Double Bass & Violas da Gamba
Aug 2008 - Present
Valparaiso University
Section Double Bass
Oct 2002 - Present
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Assistant Director of Baroque Ensemble, Director of the Patriot & Stevenson Viol Consorts, Club Sponsor
Aug 2011 - Mar 2020
Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Historical-Performance Ensembles)
Section Double Bass
Apr 2006 - Jul 2018
Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Double Bass & Viola da Gamba
Jun 2010 - May 2016
North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble
Viola da Gamba (Treble Viol, Tenor Viol, Lyra Viol & Bass Viol) & Violone
Dec 2006 - Nov 2017
The Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
Principal Double Bass
May 2012 - Jul 2017
Valparaiso Rhapsody Summer Festival Orchestra
Principal Double Bass
Oct 2003 - Nov 2012
Northbrook Symphony Orchestra
Violas da Gamba (Treble Viol, Tenor Viol & Bass Viol) & Vielle
Nov 2005 - May 2011
Chicago Early Music Consort (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
Viola da Gamba (Bass Viol)
Nov 2009 - Nov 2010
Duo Fantaisie en Echo (Historical-Performance Ensemble)
Doctor of Music, DMus - Music Performance (Double Bass & Viola da Gamba)
Sep 2001 - Aug 2007
Northwestern University Henry & Leigh Bienen School of Music
Master of Music, MMus - Music Performance (Double Bass & Viola da Gamba)
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
Northwestern University Henry & Leigh Bienen School of Music
Bachelor of Music, BMus - Music Performance (Double Bass)
Aug 1995 - Dec 1998
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
High School Diploma - Music Performance (Double Bass)
Aug 1991 - Jun 1995
High School for the Performing & Visual Arts
English
Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Paraprofessional Certification, 23 IL Adm. Code 25.510
Sep 2007
Illinois State Board of Education
Laurette Goldberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music Outreach
Jun 2010
Early Music America
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Jul 2013
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."
The Chicago Federation of Musicians
Sep 2001
The Chicago Federation of Musicians is an organization of almost three thousand professional musicians. For more than 100 years, the CFM has been working to achieve dignity and just wages for our art. Our members perform in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, The Redwalls, the orchestras for Chicago’s Broadway shows. We represent musicians performing all styles of music: alternative rock, soul, classical, jazz, rock, country, pop, reggae, Christian rock, and others. Our members are active in recording commercials, television and radio programs and CD's, and perform for private and corporate parties locally and throughout North America.
Early Music America
Aug 2001
Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.
International Society of Bassists
Aug 1994
The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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Upright Bass
Teaches 5 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students