Philip Lipton is the Principal Clarinet of the North Charleston POPS! Orchestra. His work with the POPS includes the POPS!KidZ outreach to Title One instrumental programs. Philip is an active soprano and bass clarinetist collaborating with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the CSO Woodwind Quintet. Regionally, he concertizes in a variety of chamber music and orchestral settings including the Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Concert Series, the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival, Charleston Opera Company performances, as well as the Magnetic South contemporary music concerts. As a soloist, he has toured his Influence of Benny Goodman concert extensively in California and across the Southeast. His performances abroad have included collaborations with the Orford Academy of the Arts faculty Woodwind Octet in Quebec. While Philip spends much of his time performing and preparing for concerts, he is also an inspired educator and composer.
Circular breathing, looping and extended techniques have allowed him to explore fresh new avenues of writing and performance. Each of his works are inspired by his own life journey. This year he was a featured composer/performer in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and will record his debut album of all original works this October. Philip is adjunct clarinet instructor at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. He also teaches clarinet at the Charleston Academy of Music. At El Sistema, El Salvador, Philip helped in building the conservatory’s chamber music program in coordination with the nonprofit MUSAID. As an adjunct professor of music at Trident Technical College, Philip engages a diverse student body in Music Appreciation courses. He is also a certified yoga teacher.
A former International Gilman Scholar, Philip completed his Spanish language and culture diploma from The University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain. Philip was runner-up Artist in Music Performance, South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship 2016. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Florida where he studied clarinet with Dr. Guy Yehuda and graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Lipton completed his Master of Music degree in Performance from the Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana University, where studied clarinet with James Campbell.