Phillip Harris is an active singer, teacher, church musician, and music scholar with experience in an array of music genres and settings. 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 made his professional operatic debut with Pocket Opera as Cascada (The Merry Widow) and later sang Schaunard (La Bohème) with the same company. 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 with 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, the bass solo in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor and solos of Jacqueline Hairston's music with the Grace Presbyterian Concert Chorale in Las Vegas.
He is a 2nd place winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition and a strong advocate for Black American Art Songs. He 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 Conferences and The African American Art Song Alliance Conferences- 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 along with serving as co music director at Greater El Bethel Baptist Church. He was 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 Director of Music at Saint Patrick's Church in Oakland. He has a private voice studio and was a voice and piano instructor at Bay Area Academy of Music, the Orchepia School of Music, Dexter Music Academy, Vibo Music School, and was a music instructor during the summer session of both The Young Musicians Program and The Young Musicians 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. While a singer with the Aspen Music Festival, he also taught voice at the Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program.
Dr. Harris is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The National Association of Teachers of Singing and The American Guild of Musical Artists where he recently sang in Götterdämmerung with the San Francisco Opera Chorus. Upcoming performances include singing as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Boys Chorus at Davies Hall for the annual Deck the Hall concert, singing Mr. Dashwood in Little Women with Island City Opera and presenting a lecture and masterclass on Black American Composers at Alabama State University. An alumnus of The University of California, Los Angeles he holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from The University of California, Irvine, a Master of Music in Voice Performance from The University of Michigan, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas