Spencer Phillips

Setnor School of Music

Instructor, Applied Music and Performance (Bass)

208 Crouse College
Syracuse, NY 13244-1010


Spencer Phillips is highly sought after as both an orchestral bassist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad.

Recent performance engagements include a US tour with the Munich Symphoniker, performances with the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, performances with the Michigan Opera Theater, Solo Bassist with the International Chamber Orchestra led by violinist Dimitri Berlinsky, as well as recording the complete Beethoven Symphonies with Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadian, under Jean-Philippe Tremblay. 

Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, where he studied with Derek Weller. He went on to study with Jack Budrow (Michigan State University) and Orin O'Brien  (New York Philharmonic) at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. In the fall of 2013 Mr. Phillips accepted a teaching assistantship as a doctoral candidate under James VanDemark, Eastman School of Music. Mr. Phillips was a prize winner at the International Society of Bassist competition in 2005.

Mr. Phillips is Principal Bass of Symphoria (Syracuse Symphony Orchestra), Tri-City Opera, and the Binghamton Philharmonic. Mr. Phillips currently holds teaching positions at Syracuse University, Binghamton University, and Hamilton College.

When he is not playing the bass Spencer is an avid hockey fan, recreational snooker player, and was a volunteer fireman for the Brooktondale Fire Department, NY. He and his wife currently reside in Jamesville, NY.