It's my sad duty to report the passing of Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor of Music at the Indiana University School of Music.
I have worked with Harvey for almost 40 years, first as one of the few non-music majors admitted to his studio, than as a musical associate and a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvey Phillips Foundation.
In his day he was the world's greatest tuba player, having given a series of recitals at Carnegie Hall, including the first-ever tuba recital at Carnegie Hall.
He commissioned hundreds of major works for the tuba and euphonium and is singlehandedly responsible for a large portion of our current repertoire.
He performed on thousands of recordings, commercials, and TV shows as the first-call tuba artist in New York from the 50s to the late 60s.
As of this writing, he is the ONLY player of a wind instrument enshrined in the Classical Music Hall of Fame.
As if that were not enough, he helped Gunther Schuller revive the New England Conservatory, and then assumed his position at the IU School of Music from 1971 until 1994.
In his "retirement" he continued to manage his Foundation and work for the noble cause of advancing the tuba and euphonium in the world of music.
Part of the reason I have not been here posting much in the past few months is because I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible during his last illnesses.
Please click HERE and explore the site to learn about Harvey Phillips's accomplishments. It was an honor and blessing for me to have associated with him and to have helped him advance his musical causes. I will miss him greatly, but I will pay homage to him and his inspirational teaching every time I pick up my euphonium.