Phillip Harris is an active singer, teacher, church musician, and music scholar with experience in an array of music genres and settings as an opera singer, concert artist, recitalist, and recording artist, He appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall (Mid America Productions) and with the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Hall. He has sung with The Aspen Music Festival in concert (Liberty for All) and in opera as Turbo (Hadrian). Upcoming engagements include a recital at Downs UMC Church, an alum recital at University of California, Irvine, an opera gala at The University of California, Irvine, and his Lincoln Center debut singing on the concert, "Masters of the Spiritual," honoring Lena McLin, Jacqueline Hairston and Roland Carter. In March of 2019, he released his first CD, Phillip Harris in Recital, with Damien Sneed.
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 just sang the world premiere performance and recording of Lemlish and King Lamoni in Deon Nielson's Ammon and the King. He has won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Pacific Musical Society. He sang Dashwood (Little Women) with Island City Opera, 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). In 2018, he sang with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and will return in the fall of 2019.
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.
Dr. Harris is an advocate for Black American art songs and has introduced many audiences to that music including a lecture, masterclass, and recital on the music of Black American composers at Alabama State University. He has performed in recital with Jacqueline Hairston and has premiered two pieces written and arranged for him by her, "Dreams" and "All Good Things Shall Be Added." He has also been a featured soloist for the National Association of Negro Musicians Conferences and The African American Art Song Alliance Conferences presenting a world premiere of H. Leslie Adams,' "Coming Back to Cleveland."
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 various church positions that include Minister of Music at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church (Long Beach, CA), and Reigning Life Fellowship (Long Beach, CA), as well as Beth Eden Baptist Church (Oakland, CA), along with serving as co-music director at Greater El Bethel Baptist Church (Richmond, CA). He was a keyboardist with Truevine Baptist Church (Oakland, CA), Christ Our Redeemer, A.M.E. (Irvine, CA), Holy Trinity, A.M.E (Las Vegas,NV), and Second Baptist of Las Vegas.
He has been a voice adjudicator for local competitions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was a guest voice adjudicator for auditions at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School for the Arts. Dr. Harris has a private voice studio and was a voice and piano instructor at The Bay Area Academy of Music (Pleasanton, CA) , Orchepia School of Music (Irvine, CA), Dexter Music Academy (Newport Beach,CA), and Vibo Music School (San Mateo, CA). He served as a music instructor during the summer session of The Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley and The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra. He was the Assistant Director of 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. His students have won 1st place in NATS competitions, been accepted to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Colmbia College of Chicago and have sung wih the Young Musical Theater Company in Berkeley, CA.
Phillip is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and The American Guild of Musical Artists. He is currently a music teacher at Convent & Stuart Hall in San Francisco and Director of Music at Saint Patrick Church in Oakland. 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.