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Philip F Salathe

Philip F Salathe

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor: Music Theory
Department: Crane School of Music
Phone: (315) 267-2430
E-mail: salathpf@potsdam.edu
Office: Schuette Hall A310

The music of Phil Salathé ranges widely in scale and scope, from multi-movement orchestral pieces to hand-programmed "chiptunes" for independent video game publishers. His works have been performed in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia, and at festivals and conferences including the Wintergreen Festival, the Sebago-Long Lake Festival, the Cape May Music Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the nief-norf Summer Music Festival, the Ncounters conference in Edmonton, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, the Asian Double Reed Association Conference in Mahidol, and the International Double Reed Society Conference.

He studied composition at Bennington College, the University of Hartford, and most recently Stony Brook University (Ph.D., 2014), where he served on the faculty in 2015 before coming to the Crane School of Music in 2016. His teaching history includes courses in music theory and analysis, composition, aural skills, music technology, and jazz improvisation, among other topics.

He recently completed Imaginary Birds: Music for Oboe and English Horn, a CD recording project with longtime collaborators Oboe Duo Agosto, to be released in February 2019 on Ravello Records. Other upcoming projects for 2019 include the premieres of newly commissioned works for oboist Ursula Sahagian and flautist Jill Rubio, and travel to Belgium for the College Music Society's 2019 International Conference, which will feature his piece On the Beach for cello and electronics and his presentation "Metrical Dissonance As Signifier of the Progressive in Rock Music".

In addition to composing and teaching, he has written for the Hartford Courant, contributed musical analysis and commentary to Julian Palacios's book Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd: Dark Globe, and penned liner notes for the CD release Max Reger: Music for Clarinet and Piano (Bridge Records, 2016).

Outside of music, he enjoys playing chess, learning languages, and exploring offbeat cinema. In 2015 he successfully competed on the television show Jeopardy!, winning one episode.