Location: Illinois, USA
Philip Orem received his B.M. and MM. in piano performance from Northwestern
University as well as a diploma in Composition and Arranging from the Grove School of
Music. While at Northwestern he was elected to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda
and The College Register.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the
U.S. and Europe. In April 1996 he was awarded a NEA Meet the Composer/Midwest
grant by Arts Midwest to spend five days overseeing the premiere of his Variations for
string orchestra by the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and rehearsals of various choral,
concert band and jazz band pieces at local schools and churches in McHenry County,
Illinois. He has also been composer in residence at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park
Ridge, IL since 2007.
He is very active in all musical aspects of musical theater having worked on over 130
productions including work with Karen Morrow, Charlotte Rae, Sheldon Harnick, Joanna
Gleason, the late Betty Garrett, Charles Nelson Reilly and Georgia Brown. He has
composed the music for three children’s musicals including Theatre West’s Storybook
Theatre production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, which won an Artistic Director
Achievement Award from the Valley Theater League for best music in a children’s musical.
For five years he served on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West in
He is published by Gentry Publications, GIA Publications, Dorn Publications Inc., Pan Press and Brass
Chamber Music Press.
A listing of available pieces can be seen at: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/philiporem/