PHILIP RICE (b. 1988) studied music composition with Stefan Young (a student of Nadia Boulanger), David Gillingham, Jere Hutcheson, and Mark Sullivan. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University and a Master of Music with distinction from Westminster Choir College. In 2015 he was a winner in The American Prize for orchestral composition and a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. Since 2006 he has won awards from Chanticleer, the Kansas University Choral Society, the Michigan Music Educators Association, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Iowa State University, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Westminster Choir College, and others. Recent collaborators include the Poetry Center at Michigan State University, The American Creators Chorus with Craig Hella Johnson, the Michigan Recital Project, and Kansas City's Te Deum Chamber Choir. Philip specializes in setting found texts and the works of living writers. As a Michigan native, he has particular interest in creating works expressive of the unique experiences of midwestern communities.

As a choral tenor, Philip has sung under world-class conductors including Andrew Megill (with the Westminster Kantorei), Steven Sametz (the Princeton Singers), and Joe Miller (the Westminster Symphonic Choir) along with major orchestral conductors including Simon Rattle (Berlin Philharmonic), Daniel Harding (Dresden Staatskapelle), and Jacques Lacombe (New Jersey Symphony). He studied organ under Steven Egler (a student of Robert Glasgow), piano with Alexandra Moscolo-David, and handbells with Kathleen Ebling-Shaw (whilst a member of the Westminster Concert Handbell Choir). He is currently studying carillon with Dr. Ray McLellan.

Outside of music, he is an avid poet, blogger, and designer with a keen interest in found objects as literary devices, and the exploration of esoteric and sacred documents. He collects hourglasses, glass bottles, and picture frames; in his spare time he studies typography and bakes pies.

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Photo credit: Linnea Jimison and the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University