Philip McGrath


Philip maintains an active performing practice as a chorister and soloist.

In Chicago, Philip studies voice with Andrew Schultze. He performs frequently as a soloist, often in collaboration with pianist Nora Sandler; recent performances have included a Debussy birthday celebration, an exhibit opening at the Smart Museum of Art, and a series focusing on the Lieder repertoire. While his love for the Western cannon is clear in his choice of repertoire, Philip enjoys performing works of many styles, cultures, and time periods, including new compositions, jazz, musical theater, and folk music.

In the summer of 2012, Philip studied at the Internationales Seminar für alte Music (International Seminar for Early Music) in Zell an der Pram, Austria and at the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools (Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK). He has previously studied under Peter Philips and members of the Tallis Scholars in Seattle.

Philip has studied conducting under Dr. James Kallembach and enjoys organizing performances, most recently Compline at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in July. In the spring of 2011, he served as assistant conductor for Chicago Syntagma Musicum's production of two mediaeval music dramas, the Ludus super Anticlaudianum and the Ludus Samsonis, in which he also sang the role of St. Mark.

A life-long choral singer, Philip is the bass section leader of the University of Chicago Motet Choir, in which he also serves as Tour Coordinator. He has been a member of many American Choral Directors Association honor choirs in Pennsylvania and the Eastern Division, working with such conductors as Jerry Blackstone, Frank Albinder, Christopher Kiver, Henry Leck, and Joy Hirokawa. Philip is an alumnus of the Fox Chapel Area High School Choirs, which are under the direction of Craig Cannon.

When in Pittsburgh, Philip serves as a Cantor at St. Scholastica's Church in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania, where he has been involved in the music program in various capacities for over a decade. Philip is also involved in teaching. Through the South Side Music Program, he created a group vocal music class for children at the KLEO Community and Family Life Center. In the winter of 2012, Philip was a teaching artist in residence at Sexton Elementary School, where he guided a third-grade class in creating a musical theater performance. He has also served as a vocal coach to older students.