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Dr. Harris teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) on the voice faculty of the Pre-College division and as an adjunct professor in the music history and literature department where he created the first ever class at SFCM on art songs by black composers. He was previously performing arts chair and vocal music director at Head-Royce School, a voice teacher for P.A.L.S. at the Aspen Music Festival, as well at Stuart Hall for Boys. An avid researcher on the classical songs of black composers, he has given lectures on the topic at Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University, Westminster Choir College, University of California, Santa Cruz, Alabama State University, and San Francisco City College. Co-chair of Student Auditions for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he has held masterclasses at Alabama State University and Los Medanos College. His students have graduated from Boston Conservatory and have placed in NATS competitions and Elite International Music Competition.  Phillip earned voice degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Doctor of Musical Arts), the University of Michigan (Master of Music), and the University of California, Irvine (Bachelor of Music).  He also teaches at Menlo School (voice, musical theatre, & American popular music) and  at West Valley College (History and Culture of Hip Hop).

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