Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips is a distinguished and popular American composer and organist and Director of Music at All Saints' Church, Beverly Hills. His choral and organ music is heard Sunday by Sunday in churches and cathedrals across the United States, and many of his works have been performed in concert throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He was named the American Guild of Organists Distinguished Composer for 2012--the seventeenth recipient of this special award. In 2015 Dr. Phillips was named an honorary canon of the Cathedral Center of St. Paul, Diocese of Los Angeles, at a gala event at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in 2016 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Phillips was featured as soloist at the opening service of the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Nashville with the première of a newly commissioned work, Three Sketches for Organ, and in his works for organ, brass and percussion. The 2010 National Convention of the AGO saw the première of his commissioned work Sojourn for organ and winds; and in 2002, Dr. Phillips was featured as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of his Concertino for organ and orchestra during the National Convention of the AGO in Philadelphia. He has also appeared as soloist with members of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and Musica Angelica at the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival. Dr. Phillips has appeared as soloist at regional conventions of the AGO and at various venues across the United States. He has distinguished himself in a number of competitions, including First Prize in the 1994 Clarence Mader Competition for organ composition. He was a judge for the 2004 National Competition in Organ Improvisation at the National AGO convention in Los Angeles, the 2005 AGO/Holtcamp Award in Organ Composition, and the 2009 American Guild of Organists Award in Organ Composition.

The music of Craig Phillips has been the subject of feature articles in the The American Organist (March 2012), the Los Angeles Times (February 2012) and The Diapason (June 2009). Dr. Phillips has received numerous commissions from such organizations as The American Guild of Organists (for the National Conventions in Washington, DC, 2010, Nashville, 2012, and Seattle, 2000, and for regional conventions in Atlanta, 2007, Lexington, 2011, Boston, 2009, San Diego and Binghamton, 2001), The Episcopal Church  (for the 2006 General Convention), The Association of Anglican Musicians, Stellar Brass (USAF Academy Band), The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s (Pacific Palisades, CA), CoroAllegro of Wilmington, Delaware, The University of Iowa, Syracuse University, University of California at Riverside, Washington National Cathedral and many other churches and institutions. His works have received critical acclaim in journals such as Gramaphone, Clavier, The American Organist, Cross Accent, and The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and have been broadcast on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He has received numerous ASCAP awards, and a Meet the Composer grant for a work premiered at the Ojai Festival. His organ and choral and chamber works are published by several prestigious firms.

Dr. Phillips holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, where he studied with the great pedagogue Russell Saunders. His Bachelor of Music Degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, and his early musical studies were at the Blair School of Music in Nashville. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and serves on the board of the Clarence Mader Foundation.

Dr. Phillips resides in West Hollywood, California. He has a love of travel and for many years has spent part of the summer in Southern France, where he goes to write music and gather inspiration.


A Festival Song: The Music of Craig Phillips (All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, California, Tom Foster Conductor)

Choral octavos
People, Look East (Unison, kybd., opt. descant, 405-103)
New! Choristers' Prayer (Phillips, Unison treble, organ, opt. 2nd voice, 410-335, Mod. easy)
New! Choristers' Prayer (Phillips, Unison treble, organ, opt. 2nd voice, 410-335, Mod. easy)
There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying (Craig Phillips, Two-pt., kybd., 422-903, Easy)
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Craig Phillips, SAB, organ, 2 tpts./kybd., opt. timp., opt. cong., 425-888, Mod. easy)
New! Adam Lay Ybounden (Craig Phillips, SATB, a cappella, 405-250, Mod. easy)
Agnus Dei (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-420, Mod. easy)
New! As God's Chosen Ones (Craig Phillips, SATB, a cappella, 420-422, Mod. easy)
The Beatitudes (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-516, Mod. diff.)
Benedictus Dominus Deus (Song of Zechariah) (Craig Phillips, SATB and organ, 410-887, Difficult)
New! Birmingham Preces and Responses (Phillips, SATB a cappella, 410-926, Mod. diff.)
Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Craig Phillips, SATB a cappella, 405-605, Mod. easy)
New! Come, My Way, My Truth (Craig Phillips, SATB a cappella, 418-620, Mod. dif.)
New! God Saw That It Was Good (Craig Phillips, SATB, kybd., 410-509, Mod. diff.)
God's Grandeur (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 420-822, Mod. diff.)
New! I Beseech You Therefore (Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-544, Mod. diff.)
Keep Watch, Dear Lord (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 420-526, Mod. diff.)
Most High, Omnipotent, Good Lord (Craig Phillips, SATB and organ, 410-629, Mod. diff.)
New! O Praise Ye the Lord (Craig Phillips, SATB, opt. brass quintet, opt. timp., organ, 410-874, Mod. diff.)
New! Psalm 90 (Phillips, SATB, organ, brass quintet, timp., 415-190, Mod. diff.)
New! Psalm 121 (Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-861, Mod. diff.)
Rejoice and Exult (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 405-148, Mod. diff.)
Restore in Us, O God (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-325, Mod. diff.)
New! St. David Canticles (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-927, Mod. diff.)
Sing to the Lord-Psalm 98 (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, opt. children's choir, 410-899, Mod. diff.)
Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (Craig Phillips, SATB a cappella, 410-844, Mod. diff.)
Transfiguration (Phillips, SATB, organ, 405-390)
A True Hymn (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 418-624, Mod. difficult)
Two Advent Anthems (SATB, organ, and oboe, 405-146)
How Grandeur of Creation (SATB, organ, opt. string quartet, 410-639)
The House of Faith (Phillips, SATB and organ, mod. diff., 410-691)

Instrumental Hymn Arrangements
Phillips Hymn Arrangements (Craig Phillips, Moderately difficult)
Adeste Fideles | Antioch | Mendelssohn | Winchester Old
Easter Hymn | Fortunatus | Salve Feste Dies | Victory

Large Choral Work with Orchestra
Dies Gratiae: Requiem Reflections (Craig Phillips, 440-90x, Difficult)

Organ/Keyboard publications
Archangel Suite (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-870, Mod. diff.)
New! Arioso (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-637, Mod. easy)
Exultate: A Liturgical Suite (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-683, Mod easy-Mod. diff.)
Fanfare for organ solo (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-640, Mod. difficult)
Fantasia: A Languedoc Landscape - Tone Poem for Organ, Brass quintet, and Timpani (Craig Phillips, 160-910, Mod. diff.-Diff.)
Fantasia on Sine Nomine (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-676, Mod. diff.)
Fantasy Toccata (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-858, Difficult)
Fantasy: Torah Song (Phillips, 160-857)
Festival Piece (Phillips, organ solo, 160-860)
New! Five for Flute + Organ (Carson Cooman, Alfred V. Fedak, Thomas Pavlechko, Craig Phillips, David Ashley White, 160-936, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Fugue on the Carillon d'Alet
(Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-852, Mod. diff.)
Glad Praises We Sing (Phillips, organ solo, 160-814)
New! Impromptu (Craig Phillips, 160-831, Mod. diff.)
Joy to the World: Three Preludes for Christmas (Phillips, 160-815)
New! Legend for Bassoon and Organ (Craig Phillips, 160-934, Mod. diff.)
March for Trumpet and Organ (Phillips, 160-970, organ and tpt., Mod. diff.)
New! Musette (Craig Phillips, 160-832, Mod. diff.)
Night Song for Oboe and Organ or Harpsichord (Craig Phillips, Oboe and keybd., 160-930, Mod. diff.)
Paean (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-631, Mod. diff.)
Partita on LOBE DEN HERREN (Phillips, 160-691, organ, mod. diff.)
New! Partita on Nun Danket alle Gott (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-602, Mod. diff.)
Partita on Veni Creator (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-440, Mod. difficult)
Pastorale and Dance for Organ and Bassoon (Craig Phillips, organ and bassoon, 160-975, Mod. difficult)
Phillips: 25 Harmonizations and Descants (Craig Phillips, organ collection, 160-731, Mod. easy)
Prelude & Exultation for Organ, Brass Quintet, and Percussion (Craig Phillips, 160-985, Diff.)
New! Prelude on the Carillon d'Alet (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-853, Mod. diff.)
Prière (Craig Phillips, 160-638, Mod. easy)
Psalm Prelude (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-875, Mod. diff.)
Rhapsody for Organ (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-830, Difficult)
Sarabande/Ode and Salutation (Phillips, 160-876, Mod. easy/Mod. diff.)
Scenes from a Gallery (Craig Phillips, organ, flute, violin, 160-900, Mod. diff.)
Ss. Simon & Jude Organ Book (Daniels, Erickson, Farrell, Fedak, Phillips, Proulx, 160-615, Mod. easy-Mod. diff.)
Sojourn for Organ and Wind Ensemble (Craig Phillips, 160-941, Difficult)
Suite Breve (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-609, Mod. diff.)
Suite for Organ and Brass Quintet and Percussion (Craig Phillips, organ and brass, 160-981, Mod. difficult)
Three Sketches (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-812, Mod. diff.)
Toccata on How Firm a Foundation (Craig Phillips, 160-655, Mod. difficult)
Toccata on Hyfrydol (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-675, Mod. diff.)
New! Trio for Flute, Clarinet, & Organ (Craig Phillips, 160-937, Mod. diff.)
Tribute (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-682, Mod. easy)



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