The music of Phillip Schroeder (b. 1956, Rancho Cordova CA) for soloists, chamber ensembles, live electronics, orchestra, band, and choir has been described by critics as “wonderfully evocative,” “ethereal,” “rich in subtle detail,” and “full of elegant nuance.” He has appeared as a guest composer, lecturer, and performer at venues throughout the United States and Europe and has been very active and dedicated New Music advocate as performer, producer, and festival/conference host.
His life as a musician began early and has continued to parallel the diversity of his surroundings, now having lived in twelve states: piano performance, experimental improvisation ensembles, orchestral and chamber conducting, trumpet in concert bands, choirs, and electric bass in rock/jazz bands. Schroeder currently teaches at Henderson State University and has taught at Grinnell College, Butler University, Hamilton College, Sam Houston State University, and the University of Iowa. He received a B.M. from the University of Redlands, M.M. from Butler University, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. Recordings are available on the Navona, Capstone, Innova, Boston, Albany, Vienna Modern Masters, and Cold Blue labels.
Among the important influences on his life and work are Taoism and other mystical traditions, daily meditations, nature, stillness, and the love and patience of friends.