Spencer (Fred) Phillipsline

Spencer Phillips Spencer (Fred) Phillips, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra's Principal Bassoonist since 1983, has also served as the Principal Bassoonist of Orchestra London Canada since 1995. A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and of Duke University, Mr. Phillips also holds an M.S. degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (in Environmental Management and Policy) and a Premier Prix de Virtuosité (Classe de Basson) from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. Orchestras of which Mr. Phillips is a former member include Orquestra Gulbbenkin (Lisbon, Portugal), the Orchestre des Rencontres Musicales de Lausanne, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Detroit's Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. Others with which he has performed include the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the North Carolina Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Windsor Symphony. He can be heard on recordings released by Naxos, Chandos, Nimbus, Lyrinx and Erato. When not playing the bassoon, he - an active member of both the London Centennial Wheelers (London, Ontario's largest cycling club, of which he serves as President) and the London Cycling Club - can most often be found on his bicycle (on which he averages in excess of 6,000 miles per year).