Department of Music
 

Phillip O. Paglialonga: clarinet

Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician and educator. He has appeared as a soloist on four continents and also throughout North America.

His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, as well as several other regional radio stations. In February 2007 he performed as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band at Hill Auditorium under the direction of Michael Haithcock. Other recent appearances include performances at Baylor University, Bowling Green State University, Colorado State University, the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), Mahidol University (Thailand), Marshall University, Miami University (Ohio), Pontifica Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Universidad Distrital Francisco Josť de Caldas (Colombia), University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Memphis, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Florida, University of Western Ontario, the International Double Reed Society conference in Oklahoma and Ohio, Society of Composers conference in South Carolina, College Music Society National Conference in Virginia, and the International Clarinet Association Conferences (ClarinetFest) in Belgium, Kansas City and Texas.

He has been a member of the Haddonfield Symphony and for two seasons served as the second clarinetist of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in Florida. He has also appeared with numerous other orchestras including the: Chicago Civic Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Florida Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, New World Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, Windsor Symphony and the Walt Disney World Orchestra. He has participated in numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and Lake George Opera in Saratoga, New York.

As an educator he has served as a clinician at Universal Studios in Orlando for their “Partners in Performance” program and has written articles for *Keynotes Magazine*, *School Band and Orchestra*, *National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal* and *The Clarinet*, many of which are available on his Web site (www.thefirstgissilent.com) for download. His articles have also been translated into Spanish and are available in South America through *Aulamusica*.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan where he also earned a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University in Chicago. His primary teachers were Larry Combs, Fred Ormand and Daniel Gilbert with additional applied study with Julie DeRoche, Monica Kaenzig, Mitchell Lurie, Virginia Wright and John Bruce Yeh.

Currently he serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He is also a founding member of the PEN Trio (www.PENtrio.com) which regularly tours throughout the United States and is represented by Price Rubin & Partners. During the summer months he is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan where he frequently performs both with the Festival Orchestra and in various chamber music groups.

Phillip Paglialonga

clarinet@vt.edu