Dr. Philip Baldwin, SYS Artistic Director
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Dr. Philip Baldwin
SYS Artistic Directorsysartisticdirector@spokaneyouthsymphony.org
Spokane Youth Symphony
SYS Artistic Director, Dr. Philip Baldwin is the Director of String Studies and Associate Professor of violin at Whitworth University. His career has spanned the spectrum of string teaching and conducting. He earned a D.M.A. at The Ohio State University, where he received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for his work on the violin sonatas of William Bolcom. His distinguished violin teachers include Rafael Druian, Raphael Hillyer, Yuri Mazurkevich, Andrew Jennings, Alan Bodman and Michael Davis. As a fellowship recipient, he attended the Conductor's Institute of South Carolina and studied under distinguished teachers Paul Vermel, Kate Tamarkin, and Donald Portnoy. He has also trained with Wayne Toews at the Saito International Conducting School.
Dr. Baldwin serves as the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony, and has appeared as violin soloist in concertos by Samuel Barber and Henry Wieniawski, and in Beethoven's Triple Concerto with David Demand and Max Held. He is a former member of the Spokane Symphony (and continues to play as a substitute) and served previously as principal second violin of the Akron Symphony and principal viola of the LaCrosse Symphony. He has also performed with the Tacoma, Canton, and Columbus symphonies and played on several movie soundtrack recordings. An active recitalist, he has performed frequently with Whitworth pianist, Judith Schoepflin, and recorded a CD of clarinet trios by Khachaturian, Ives, and Bolcom with clarinetist Michael Dean and pianist Carol Stivers.
A dedicated artist-teacher, many of Baldwin's students have won competitions and earned scholarships to prestigious graduate schools and summer programs such as the Meadowmount School, the University of Texas at Austin, Eastern Music Festival, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Many of his former students are successful teachers and performers who are influencing the next generation of string playing.
Dr. Baldwin is the past president of the Washington Chapter of the American String Teachers Association and has chaired the group's state solo competition and certificate-program examinations. He has presented lectures at five ASTA conventions and also invited to present at the Texas Music Educators Association convention and the Arkansas Music Educators Association. He and his wife Dorothy (also a violinist and educator) have given violin master classes in England and Ireland, and throughout Washington, Maryland and Utah. In his free time, he is an avid distance runner, cyclist, and tries to keep up with his three teenage sons.