Phil Elkins was appointed as Director of Operations and Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Greenville Symphony in January 2015. Since May 2011, he held that position with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as teaching Music Appreciation classes at Greenville Technical College and Furman University, and served as Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet at Furman. He joined the Greenville Symphony in 1996, and has served as Co-Principal Trumpet since 2002. In October 2009, he was featured soloist with the Greenville Symphony under the direction of Edvard Tchivzhel. In addition to the Greenville Symphony, Mr. Elkins frequently performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Macon Symphony and the Columbus Symphony Orchestras. Prior to moving to Atlanta in 1986, he was a member of the Elgin Symphony (IL), the Illinois Philharmonic, and Charleston Symphony Orchestras (SC). Prior to his GSO administrative appointment, he was an active freelance musician, frequently performing with the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Charleston, Savannah, Alabama, Augusta, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
As a performer of chamber music since 1976, he has appeared and recorded with many diverse brass ensembles, including the Atlanta Brassworks, the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet and the Greenville Brass Quintet. Mr. Elkins has performed extensively in Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Dakota, and California. He has presented masterclasses and clinics specializing in Chamber Music and Freelance Performance at Columbus State University, Furman University, Mercer University, Clemson University, and San Jose State University, and has published several arrangements for brass ensembles.
Prior to moving to the Greenville area in 2009, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, the Instructor of Trumpet at Clayton State University, and maintained a successful teaching studio for over 20 years. He served on the faculty of Georgia Military College, and was formerly the Instructor of Trumpet at Kennesaw State University and the University of West Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, studying with Gary Stollsteimer, and the Master of Music in Performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Vincent Cichowicz and Luther Didricksen. While in Chicago, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where he studied with Adolph Herseth and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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