Phillip Harris is an active singer, teacher, church musician, and music scholar with experience in an array of various music genres and settings. In 2016, he made his Carnegie Hall debut on the Ensemble Spotlight series with the Mid America Productions as a soloist with Jacqueline Hairston, won the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2016) and was a 1st place winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (district). In the same year, he also sang Marcello (La Bohème) with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theater and Le Fauteuil/L'arbre (L'enfant et les sortilèges) with The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He appeared with Pocket Opera as Cascada (The Merry Widow) and Schaunard (La Bohème). More recently, he appeared in the title role of Don Giovanni with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theater and with The Aspen Music Festival as Turbo in a workshop of Rufus Wainright's opera, Hadrian, and in concert with The Aspen Music Festival as the narrator of "Liberty for All." He sang with Opera in the Ozarks as The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance) and Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), The International Lyric Academy in Rome and Viterbo as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), and Opera Las Vegas as Sem (Noye's Fludde). Other notable roles include King Melchoir (Amahl and the Night Visitors) and Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) with Voccalis International Singing Repertory, Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) with UNLV Opera, Junius (The Rape of Lucretia) with The University of Michigan, Bob (The Old Maid and The Thief) with University of California, Irvine Opera, The Learned Judge (Trial by Jury) with the UNLV Opera, Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) with the University of Michigan Opera Theater, Orphèe (Les Malheurs d'Orphèe) with UNLV Opera, The Tinman (The Wiz) with the Belasco Theater Company and Masetto (Don Giovanni) with Waffle Opera.
Regarding his performance of Marius (Les Misérables) with the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, The Daily Journal said, " Phillip L.N. Harris was a strong voiced Marius and not just a mooning lover." Concert performances include the baritone solo in Duruflé's Requiem with the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, the bass solo in Messiah with Third Baptist Church of San Francisco and the bass solo in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.
A 2nd place winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition, he is an advocate for Black American Art Songs and has introduced many audiences to that music. Recently he collaborated with composer/arranger, Jacqueline Hairston, where he premiered a song written for him by the composer entitled, "Dreams." He has also been a featured soloist for the National Association of Negro Musicians Conference and The African American Art Song Alliance Conference- recently presenting a world premiere of H. Leslie Adams' "Coming Back to Cleveland." His current research topic includes the life and music of Jacqueline Hairston.
His piano study has allowed him to perform with jazz and gospel musicians such as Wycliffe Gordon and the artist formerly known as Tonéx. He has held church positions in Orange, Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, and Clark County. He served as the Minister of Music at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church and Reigning Life Fellowship, both in Long Beach, California as well as Beth Eden Baptist Church in Oakland, California. He has served as a keyboardist with Truevine Baptist Church, Christ Our Redeemer, A.M.E., Holy Trinity, A.M.E and Second Baptist of Las Vegas. He is currently co-music director at Greater El Bethel Baptist Church and as a voice and piano instructor at Bay Area Music Academy. He has a private voice studio and was a voice and piano instructor at the Orchepia School of Music, Dexter Music Academy, Vibo Music School, and a music instructor during the summer session of both The Young Musicians Program and The Young Musician Choral Orchestra He was the Assistant Director for the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir and has been a voice workshop facilitator at music events hosted at Beth Eden Baptist Church and with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choirs.
Dr. Harris is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. Upcoming engagements include Götterdämmerung with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and a soloist at Grace Presbyterian of Las Vegas. An alumnus of The University of California, Los Angeles he holds degrees from The University of California, Irvine, The University of Michigan, and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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