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  • DMA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • MM, University of Michigan
  • BM, University of California, Irvine


  • San Francisco Symphony (1 yr)
  • San Francisco Opera (2 yrs)
  • Aspen Music Festival (1 yr)

Courses Taught

  • Art Songs by Black American Composers

What is your hometown?


What is your favorite recording?

Any Stevie Wonder album from the 70s.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Family, friends, experiences, sports, American history.

Who were your major teachers?

W. Stephen Smith, George Shirley, Albert R. Lee

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

How can you truly portray someone else if you have not tapped into who you are?

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I attend the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley.

What was a turning point in your career?

When a voice professor told me I had "no potential."

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Sports journalist or a lawyer.

What is your daily practice routine?

Physical exercise

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be? Why?

Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart because of their vast amount of work and its subsequent impact on culture.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you? Why?

Any major city in America after May of 1971 because Marvin Gaye released the album, "What's Goin On."

Phillip Harris has sung as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Davies Hall with the San Francisco Symphony. Phillip has performed with organizations like The Aspen Music Festival, Opera Las Vegas, Pocket Opera, Island City Opera, San Mateo Masterworks Chorale and Orchestra, Opera in the Ozarks, and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Favorite roles include Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, the title roles in Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Marius in Les Misérables, The Pirate King in the Pirates of Penzance, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus. Other engagements include solos in Messiah and Duruflè’s Requiem and an extra chorister with the San Francisco Opera Chorus. He has a CD available on all major streaming platforms, Phillip Harris in Recital with Damien Sneed and a book on composer/arranger Jacqueline Hairston entitled, Songs and Spirituals The Life and Music of Jacqueline Hairston.

Performing arts chair/vocal music director at Head-Royce School, music director at Downs Memorial United Methodist, Co-VP of student auditions with the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a music director with 42nd Street MoonSchool, upcoming engagements include music directing Camelot with Mountain Play, Trio/Boy 2 in Trouble in Tahiti with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the baritone solo in Sanctuary Road with the Oakland Symphony. He holds a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in voice from UC Irvine, University of Michigan, and UNLV. More information can be found at