About Me

Phillip Harris is an active singer, teacher, church musician, and music scholar with  experience in an array of music genres and settings.  He  appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and with the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Hall. He has sung with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and was in concert (Liberty for All)  and opera (Hadrian)  with the Aspen Music Festival.  Operatic highlights include singing Marcello (La Bohème) and the title role in Don Giovanni  with The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Opera Theater and Schaunard (La Bohème)  and Cascada (The Merry Widow)  with Pocket Opera. 


He has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Pacific Musical Society.  He sang Le Fauteuil/L'arbre (L'enfant et les sortilèges) with The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia)  with The University of Michigan Opera Theater. Performances with Opera in the Ozarks include 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), Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites)  Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), ​Junius (The Rape of Lucretia), Bob (The Old Maid and The Thief)  The Learned Judge (Trial by Jury), Orphèe (Les Malheurs d'Orphèe)  The Tinman (The Wiz) , and Masetto (Don Giovanni).    ​             


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 and Orchestra, 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.  


Phillip is a an  advocate for Black American Art Songs and has introduced many audiences to that music including a recital with 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." 

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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 serving  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 been a voice adjudicator for local competitions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and  has a private voice studio.  Dr. Harris was a voice and piano instructor at The Bay Area Academy of Music, Orchepia School of Music, Dexter Music Academy,  and Vibo Music School. He served a  music instructor during the summer session at 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.  Upcoming engagements include singing  Mr. Dashwood  in Little Women with Island City Opera, presenting a lecture and vocal masterclass at Alabama State University and an opera gala at The University of California, Irvine.  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 Nevada, Las Vegas.