Philip McGrath

Composition

Philip writes instrumental and vocal music in a contemporary classical idiom.

At the University of Chicago, Philip has studied composition under Augusta Read Thomas and Füsun Köksal. In 2009, he was chosen to study composition with Todd Goodman at the Pennsylvania Summer School for the Arts on a full fellowship. Philip's compositions have earned awards from the National PTA Reflections Contest and Music for Young Children.

In 2011, Philip was awarded a summer fellowship from the University of Chicago Arts Council to compose a mixed-media chamber song cycle. The resulting piece, "Singing Fire," is a setting of several Carl Sandburg poems for violin, cello, harp, piano, alto, and reader, integrated with visual art by Katelyn Muenck. It received its first performance on Saturday, November 19 at 7:00pm in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Pardon our dust: An updated version of the Philip's catalogue, complete with improved audio integration, will be appearing shortly.