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Carol Crowder Phillips

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Artist • Composer


Artist • Composer

Carol Crowder Phillips was raised in a musical family, and began playing the piano and composing at a very early age, and playing the violin at age 6. She began teaching piano at the age of 12, and violin soon after. She earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University; taught music in Nairobi, Kenya as a Peace Corps volunteer; and has worked professionally as a violinist, pianist, organist, and singer. In 2005, she added the kinnor—a 10-string harp (a King David’s Harp)—to her instruments of performance and composition.

Carol has studied composition with Evan Tonsing (Oklahoma State University:1977); attended a master class with Aaron Copland (University of Oklahoma: 1977); James Schlater (Mississippi College: 1983); Craig Steven Shuler (private lessons: 2010); R&B singer/songwriter, Rudy C. Love (2010); and Alice Parker (Composer’s Workshop, Hawley, MA: 2012).

In 2010 she was one of three winners of the a cappella Psalm composition contest for Ascending Voice II, an international symposium of sacred a cappella music, at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California.

In 2008 she took the course: The Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible at Jerusalem University College in Israel; and in 2011 studied Ethnodoxology at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

She has two Psalms (hymns) in the Volume Two Hymnal: God Enthroned Forever: Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today: Abilene Christian University Press (copyright 2016).

Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Kenya. Her compositions are influenced by a wide diversity of musical and cultural experiences. The majority of her work is setting scripture and spiritual texts to music. She has also composed for a variety of solo instruments, small ensembles, big band, and choirs.

Carol currently lives and composes in Vancouver, WA, bringing scripture and poetry to life in song.

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