T. R. Phillips has been Principal Clarinet for the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has appeared as soloist with the SSO in performances of the Etler Concert, the Mozart Concerto and the Finzi Concerto. Previously Mr. Phillips performed throughout the US and in Mexico and Japan, including full-time principal clarinet positions with the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the American Waterways Wind Orchestra, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the Xalapa Symphony and the Veracruz Symphony. Phillips received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri and the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Iowa where he was a student of Himie Voxman. Tom also studied with Theodore Johnson of the Cleveland Orchestra. Phillips is a part-time adjunct instructor of clarinet at Centenary College. Phillips was the Shreveport Regional Arts Council Musicianís Fellowship recipient in 2003, and he has also been a broadcast announcer for the Red River Radio Network and a teacher for Caddo Parish Schools. He currently resides in Shreveport with his son, Matthew.
A movement of a work Curt Veeneman wrote for Mr. Phillips, Songpath: