Location: Washington, USA
Carol Crowder Phillips earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University. Following college, she taught music at Lenana School in Nairobi, Kenya, where she had general music classes; taught private lessons in piano, guitar, voilin, clarinet, and voice; sponsored an afro-rock band; and directed the chapel choir. She has played the violin in the Nairobi Symphony and the Jackson (Mississippi) Symphony, Mesquite (TX) Symphony, and the New Philharmonic Symphony of Irving (TX). She has also worked as a church musician as pianist, organist, and singer in Kenya, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.
Her compositions have been performed in various churches and events throughout the United States and in Kenya. Mrs. Phillips’ compositions are influenced by a wide diversity of musical and cultural experiences. The majority of her work is setting scripture to music. Along with general scripture, she is setting The Book of Psalms to music, and has set more than a third of the Psalms to date.
An SATB setting of "Jabberwocky" was performed in Buena Vista, CO in December 2002. Her string quartet, A Union of Hearts was performed in May 2004 in Garland, TX. Her SATB version of "Psalm 47" was chosen to be presented at the international symposium Ascending Voice II at Pepperdine University in May 2010.
An SATB setting of "Sing Alleluia!" was performed by Beaverton, OR ISing Community Choir, December 2010.
"Pensive", a movement of a piano work Suite of Ascending Thought, was played at the In Good Hands concert for Portland Piano International (PPI) in July 2010. Five selections were chosen from Windows: 6 Short Views for the July 2011 PPI In Good Hands concert.
Mrs. Phillips sang three of her songs at the Winter Light concert in Portland, OR in February 2011
Carol is beginning to have some of her music available at http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/index.php?sm=home.search&searchtitle=Phillips,%20C&searchterm=@composername%20%22Carol%20Phillips%22
She has also written works for violin, piano, organ, voice, choir, small ensembles, big band, and a variety of other instruments, including kinnor—a 10-string harp (King David’s Harp). Carol presently lives in Vancouver, WA.