Congratulations to Dave Phillips on being named a 2015-16 Classical Music Student Ambassador Leader. From Colonie, New York, he is the son of Christopher and Carmen Phillips. Dave is a second-year graduate student in viola performance, studying with Timothy Deighton. He received his undergraduate degree in 2014 from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, New York, where he served as the conductor of the Viola Ensemble. This will be Dave's second year as an ambassador leader.
Dave’s objective as a leader is to develop “more interactive performances with the campus community, commissioning projects with student composers, and a youthful image of art music on campus.” He believes that his strengths lie in “creative thinking and analytical skills” and that he can use both of these to develop innovative musical events that will engage and intrigue the campus community. “I am excited to continue working on my life goal of re-establishing music as an important societal institution for all walks of life!”
The Classical Music Project Student Ambassador Leader Program was developed in fall 2014 as a partnership between the Center for the Performing Arts and the School of Music. Classical Music Student Ambassadors—selected for their musicianship, leadership, and commitment to music advocacy—are provided with residency training and are charged with creating and implementing student-centered engagement and music advocacy programs. The work of the ambassadors is supported in part through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The program is based on the principle of “students-engaging-students,” and will be used to train student musicians to become strong arts advocates and future community-engaged leaders. The ambassadors’ objective is to bring live classical music into the fabric of student life and the community by coordinating activities such as dorm concerts, performances in non-traditional venues, and “informational performances” in both general education music classes and non-music classes. They are also tasked with generating enthusiasm for classical music and drawing attention to upcoming Classical Music Project programs offered by the Center for the Performing Arts.
The student ambassador leader program is coordinated by Robyn Dixon Costa.