Philip Henry Alejo
Assistant Professor, Music
Music Bldg, Room 223
Philip Alejo is the Assistant Professor of Music (Double Bass) at the University of Arizona. Prior to his arrival to Arizona in Fall 2013, Philip performed as Associate Principal Bass of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and taught at St. Ambrose University. He also served as Visiting Professor of Double Bass at the University of Michigan.
Philip has performed in a wide variety of settings as an orchestral musician. His recent orchestral engagements have taken place in Symphony Hall (Boston), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Symphony Center (Chicago), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Orchestra Hall (Detroit) and Carnegie Hall (NYC). He was previously a regular member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and an orchestral mentor with the Detroit Civic Orchestra. Philip has played with Ensemble Dal Niente, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Philip has performed in masterclasses for members of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, London Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician and recitalist, Philip interests range from baroque to contemporary music. He collaborates regularly with harpist Claire Happel in River Town Duo, recently presenting recitals at the Mackinac Island Music Festival, International Society of Bassists Convention at Colorado State University, and the American Harp Society Summer Workshop at Utah State University. River Town Duo is committed to commissioning works for harp and bass; to date, they have premiered works by Caroline Shaw, Hannah Lash, and Frederick Evans. His other chamber music performances have taken place alongside such artists as Menahem Pressler, Prazak Quartet, Jasper Quartet, Yehonatan Berick, Maiya Papach, Spencer Myer, Katinka Kleijn, and David Bowlin.
Philip has participated in and performed at numerous music festivals, including Spoleto Festival USA (SC), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Oaxaca Instrumenta (Mexico), Britten Pears Young Artist Program at the Aldeburgh Festival (England), Pacific Music Festival (Japan), and Aspen Music Festival (CO). While at the University of Michigan, Philip was a fellow at the Center of World Performance Studies, which supported his study of tango performance in Buenos Aires.
In addition to having recently presented masterclasses at Augustana College, San Diego State University, UC-Irvine, and UT-El Paso, Philip teaches at the Milt Hinton Institute at Oberlin College, AZ ASTA Bass Jam, and the Richard Davis Conference for Young Bassists at the University of Wisconsin.
Philip graduated from Oberlin College with degrees in Hispanic Studies and Music Performance before completing a MM at the Yale School of Music and a DMA from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers include Linda Gannett, Diana Gannett, Peter Dominguez, Thomas Sperl, and Donald Palma.