Phillip Harris sang at Carnegie Hall as a soloist under the baton of Jacqueline Hairston (MidAmerica Productions) and at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center where Classical Singer Magazine noted,“Sims assembled a stellar group of singers with a talented younger generation of artists including Phillip Harris.” A winner of the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Harris has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, The Aspen Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Percussion Ensemble.
Phillip Harris in Recital with Damien Sneed is available on all major streaming platforms and he wrote a book on composer and arranger Jacqueline Hairston entitled Songs and Spirituals: The Life and Music of Jacqueline Hairston and provided the foreword for her song anthology of the same title available from Classical Vocal Reprints. He has presented masterclasses, lectures, and/or recitals at Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University, The University of California, Santa Cruz, Westminster Choir College, Alabama State University, San Francisco City College, Los Medanos College, and the University of California, Irvine.
A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he has sung over twenty roles with organizations like The Aspen Music Festival, Opera Las Vegas, Pocket Opera, Island City Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and Opera in the Ozarks. Favorite roles include Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, the title roles in Don Giovanni , Le Nozze di Figaro, Les malheurs d’Orphée, Junius in The Rape of Lucretia and King Melchoir in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
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His voice teachers include George Shirley,W. Stephen Smith, Alfonse Anderson, Darryl Taylor, and Albert R. Lee. Harris holds voice degrees from The University of California, Irvine (Bachelor of Music), The University of Michigan (Master of Music), and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Doctor of Musical Arts). Students of his have placed in classical and musical theater competitions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and they attend Boston Conservatory at Berklee and The Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
An adjunct faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and former extra chorus singer with the San Francisco Opera, he is co-chair of student auditions with the SF Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and is on the Artistic Advisory Board of the Trenton Children's Chorus in New Jersey.
Upcoming engagements include singing Papageno with Pocket Opera in an animated version of The Magic Flute, the baritone solo in Sanctuary Road with the Oakland Symphony and music directing A Chorus Line with 42nd Street MoonSchool and Camelot with Mountain Play.