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PHILIP A. WOODMORE, Ph.D.

Founder & Executive Director

Philip’s passion for music was revealed while he was quite young. Even though he played the Cello and Suzuki Violin his main instrument became the piano. He began taking piano lessons at Townsend Piano School at age five. At age sixteen, he received a fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia to study gospel music for a semester.  In addition, he has two years of gospel piano and a year of jazz piano training. Although, he enjoys most genres of music, most of his formal training and study has been in classical music. 


Philip developed a passion for choral music after being an active member of all choral programs at Crestview Middle and Marquette High Schools. He is the founder of the Marquette High School Gospel Choir, and was the president and director of the Saint Louis University Gospel Choir for five years. He began playing the piano at his father’s church at age nine and is presently the choir director of the adult choir and the pianist for the church. 

Along with his work with choral music at church and at school, Philip developed a niche in Musical Theatre.  Philip has been the accompanist for several shows around the Saint Louis area such as The Children’s Workshop Theatre’s productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Everand Annie; Spotlight Theatre Company’s productions of Oliver, West Side Story, andJeykll and Hyde. He was the accompanist for Marquette High School’s productions of Guys and Dolls, Grease, Joseph, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, and Bye Bye Birdie. He had the opportunity of traveling with the Bye Bye Birdiecast and crew to the 2004 International Thespian Society Conference in Joplin, Missouri where the show was performed for high school theatre companies from around the state of Missouri. In the fall of 2005 he had the honor of vocal directing his first musical for Marquette High School, Aida,and also in 2005 was the Assistant Vocal Director & Accompanist at the McClure High School Theatre Company’s production of Evita which was performed at 2005 International Thespian Society Conference in Joplin, Missouri. In recent years he has vocal directed Sweeny Todd and West Side Storyfor McClure High School and was the pit director for Guys and Dolls andHigh School Musical for Marquette High School. Philip has also worked on many other productions for Marquette and McClure such as Peter Pan, Christmas Carol, Fame, Urinetown,Bat Boy, High School Musical, Hairspray,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  He had the honor of traveling with the cast and crew of Into the Woods to the 2012 ITS Conference in St. Louis, MO.

Philip also developed a passion for singing early in life. He continued vocal training at Saint Louis University under the direction of Dr. Jeral B. Becker and became a member of the Saint Louis University Mastersingers. He performed the role of Raphel in The Creation, King Melchior in Amahland the Night Visitors, and held the lead role of Elijah in Elijah. He was a member of the chorus and understudy for King Balthazar in LyriCo Opera Company’s 2004 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.He was a member of the Saint Louis American Kantorei Choir, a prestigious group that performs many classical works around the city of Saint Louis under the direction of Dr. Robert Bergt from 2005 - 2007. During the Fall Concert Series of the American Kantorei Philip sang the Soprano and Bass duet Herr dein Mit leidfrom the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach.  During his masters he studied with Rosemarie Calandro at Webster University and during his PhD Philip studied with Steven Tharp at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2014 Philip had the honor of performing the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. for COCA’s 10thAnniversary production of Ragtime.


Philip received his BS/BA in Business Marketing and Music Vocal Performance from Saint Louis University in 2005 and Masters in Music Education from Webster University in 2010. In May 2020, Dr. Woodmore graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with his doctorate in music education.  Philip’s research interests are in the changing voice and the middle school singing experience and also transformation in the arts. Philip's dissertation title is Antigone in Ferguson: The experience of seven members of the democratic chorus in a social justice musical production.   In September 2018 Philip was published in the Missouri School Music Magazine with an article about keeping our young men in choral programs through their voice change.

In 2005 Philip received the Vocal Music Position at Ferguson and Berkeley Middle Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and in 2006 he accepted the Vocal Music Teaching Position at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District where he is currently teaching. He began working for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in 1999 as an accompanist for various summer music theatre camps. He has been an accompanist for COCA’s 2001 summer production of Into the Woods Junior and 2004 spring production at Rossman School of Honk Junior. He was the vocal director and accompanist for COCA’s summer productions of The Boyfriend,Annie Jr,, Once on This Island,Seussical the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, the Saint Louis non-equity premier of Legally Blonde, and the Missouri State premier of In the Heights., Bring it On, Mirette,Songs for a New World and is currently working on COCA’s 2015 summer production of Memphis with esteemed director Duane Martin Foster who was in the original Broadway cast of Ragtime.  In 2007 he received the position as Coordinator of Voice at COCA and is currently in charge of COCA’s voice program.  Philip is a vocal coach to many students around the Saint Louis area and is currently focusing on preparing students for college auditions. In 2010 Philip was named director of the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir and has work on many projects with SLMPD Choir throughout the Saint Louis area including a collaboration concert at Fee Fee Baptist Church.  In April 2014 Philip was asked to lead a group of singers at the Installment Ceremony of the new President at Northern Arizona University. Since his time last spring Philip has been named the director of the newly founded NAU gospel choir and will be working with this choir this year to prepare the university’s first Black History Month Gospel Music Celebration.  

In August 2016 Bryan Doerries with Theater of War Productions asked Philip to compose an original score for a translated version of Sophocles’ Antigone called Antigone in Ferguson that Bryan presented in Ferguson, MO on September 17, 2016. The Onassis Foundation granted Bryan and Philip funds for a premiere performance of Antigone in Ferguson in New York City in October of 2016.  Following its inaugural performance, Antigone in Ferguson has performed in Camden, Maine; Baltimore, Maryland; Athens, Greece; Brooklyn, New York; Hanover, New Hampshire; Williamstown and Worcester, Massachusetts.  Bryan and Philip also collaborated on a project surrounding the final sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Drum Major Instinct, which premiered at the BRIC in Brooklyn, New York on April 30, 2017. Following its debut performance, The Drum Major Instinct has performed in St. Louis, Missouri; Baltimore, Maryland, and Athens, Greece. 


Philip was also asked to create music for a Frederick Douglass speech which premiered in Staten Island, New York in March of 2018. In 2018, Antigone In Ferguson was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for a 5-week run at the Off-Broadway theater, the Gatehouse Harlem Stage in Harlem, New York followed by a 10-week run in 2019 at the St. Ann and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, New York. In 2020 Woodmore joined the Muny family as the Music Director for the Muny Kids performing troupe and is excited to build a strong partnership with the Muny. Prior to the pandemic, Woodmore began a collaboration with Theater of War Productions and The Valentine to develop The Shockoe Bottom Project which will now hopefully premiere in Richmond, Virginia in the upcoming year. In the fall of 2021 Woodmore began his master in psychology at Arizona State University and will be working with the Black State of Arizona on several projects in 2022 and 2023. Woodmore is excited to announce that in January 2022 he will make a new partnership with Metro Theater St. Louis, serving as the music director for the children’s musical, Last Stop on Market Street.


Philip is thankful for the many musical opportunities he has been afforded and continues to trust God as he serves Him through music.

 

Philip A. Woodmore Short Bio

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Arizona State University-Tempe, AZ (Fall 2021-In Progress)

Masters in Psychology 


University of Missouri-Columbia, MO (May 2020)

PhD in Music Education

Areas of Concentration: Music Education, Choral Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy 

Research Interest: Male Changing Voice and Antigone in Ferguson—Transformative Power of Music

Music Education Advisor: Dr. Wendy Sims

Conducting Coach: Dr. R. Paul Crabb

Vocal Coach: Prof. Steven Tharp

Webster University-Webster Groves, MO (May 2009)

Masters in Music Education

Music Education Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Bower

Vocal Coach: Rosemarie Calandro 

Saint Louis University-St. Louis, MO (May 2005)

B.S. in Business Marketing        

B.A. in Music (Vocal Performance)                        

Vocal Coach: Dr. Jeral Becker             

Teaching Experience

College Teaching Experience

University of Missouri-Columbia, MO (2013-2014)

School of Music

Basic Singing Skills- Instructor of record

Vocal Coach- Instructor of record

MU Gospel Choir- Director

MU University Singers- Teaching Assistant

MU Choral Union- Teaching Assistant

Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff, AZ (2015-2017)

NAU Gospel Choir- Choir Director 

Artist in Residence for the NAU Music Department

Artist in Residence for the State of Black Arizona 

Public School Teaching Experience

Rockwood School District Chesterfield, MO (2006-2018)

Choir teacher for Crestview Middle School: organized choral program for 350 students split into six classes and three different performing ensembles.  In addition to the in-school chorus program, there was an after school auditioned ensemble of 80 students who performed at special events, concerts and took a yearly trip to a regional festival.  In 2008, this ensemble traveled to New York City to present a 30 minutes concert at the Lincoln Center.  

            

Large Group Festival (2010-2016)

          Hosted a regional festival for 16 choral programs across the St. Louis area at CMS. 

Ferguson-Florissant School District Ferguson, MO (2005-2006)

          Choir teacher for Berkeley and Ferguson Middle Schools—organized a choral program for 90 students at               Ferguson Middle and 45 students at Berkley Middle for 135 students total split into five classes (three at                    Ferguson Middle and two at Berkeley Middle.)


Parkway School District 4th and 5th Grade Honor Choir St. Louis, MO (February 2020)

            Clinician and Guest Conductor


Festus High School Festus, MO (March 2017)

            Clinician and vocal coach for cast of South Pacific


SLSMEA 7th and 8th Grade Honor Choir St. Louis, MO (January 2014)

            Clinician and Guest Conductor


Collins Academy, Chicago, IL (December 2014)

            Clinician and Guest Accompanist


Community Teaching Experience

Prison Performing Arts (2021-Present)

In the fall of 2021, I will be named the Director of Choral Activities for Prison Performing Arts, an organization which has orchestrated theatrical performances in three prisons in the state of Missouri for the past 20 years. In this new role, I am designing curriculum and creating a new process for choral programs in prisons for the state of Missouri. Eventually, under my leadership, I would like to see choral programs in several of Missouri’s prisons with directors on staff and joint community concerts presented in various Missouri venues outside of the prisons. 


Requiem of Light (2020-Present)

I was asked be a board member of creative thinkers to organize an event celebrating the lives of those lost because of the COVID-19 virus in the state of Missouri.  I composed two choral pieces to be sung at this event along with organizing the programming for the outdoor ceremony and coordination with Channel 9 on creating a docuseries on the creation and performance of this event.


The Muny Kids (2020-Present)

            Music Director

The Phil Woodmore Singers (2016-Present)

            Artist Director

Phil Woodmore and Friends an Evening of Gospel Music (March 2015)

            Artistic Director and event organizer 

Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir (2010-2018)

            Choir Director and Musician

Melody of Praise Gospel Choir, Saint Louis University (2000-2005)

            President and Director

Marquette High School Gospel Choir (1998-2000)

            Founder and Director

Church Teaching Experience 

Sacred Vocal Music Workshop, St. Louis, MO (August 2019)

            Guest Clinician and Workshop Leader- composed original piece for workshop finale.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY (July 2015)

Guest Director and Musician for church services

Chesterfield Baptist Church, Chesterfield, MO (2011)

            Anniversary Mass Choir Director

Trinity Community Church, St. Peters, MO (December 2010-2018)

            Pianist and Choir Director

New Hope Baptist Church, Edmundson, MO (1997-October 2010)                                                     

            Pianist and Choir Director

Abiding Branch Community Church St. Louis, MO (1992-1997)

            Pianist and vocalist for church services

Musical Theatre and Acting Teaching Experience

Center of Creative Arts (COCA), University City, MO (1999-2017)

Designed and implanted voice curriculum for the organization (2007)

Music Instructor and Accompanist for summer camps and fall and spring classes (1999-Present)

Coordinator of Voice (2008-2017)

Artist Director of Allegro Music Company (2008-2017)

Artist Director of Performance Music Company (2014-2015)

Artist Director of Chamber Ensemble (2014-2015)

Musical Director, Pianist and Pit Conductor:

The Boyfriend (2005) Annie (2006) Once on This Island (2007) Seussical (2008)

Joseph (2009) Aida (2010) Little Shop of Horrors (2011) Non-equity Premiere of Legally Blonde (2012) Missouri State Premiere of In the Heights (2013), 10th Anniversary Production Ragtime (2014), Missouri State Premiere of Bring it On (2015) 

Memphis (2016) Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Musical Theater Performances in Saint Louis Area (1996-Present)

Rehearsal and performance accompanist for several shows and multiple production companies such as Children’s Workshop Theater and Spotlight Productions 


Marquette High School Theatre Department, Chesterfield, MO (1997-2015)

            Guys and Dolls, Pianist (1997)

Joseph, Pianist (1998)

Grease, Pianist  (1999)

Brigadoon, Actor and Rehearsal Accompanist (2000)

Fiddler on the Roof, Pianist (2001)

Footloose, Pianist (2002)

Little Shop of Horrors, Pianist (2003)

Bye Bye Birdie, Band Director, Pianist (2004)*

Aida- Vocal Director and Pit Conductor (2005)

            High School Musical, Vocal Director, Pianist and Pit Conductor (2007)

            Guys and Dolls, Pianist and Pit Conductor (2008)

            Peter Pan, Pianist (2009)

            Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pianist and Pit Conductor (2010)

            Hairspray, Vocal Director and Pit Conductor (2011)

            Grease, Vocal Director and Pit Conductor (2012)

            Into the Woods, Vocal Director and Pit Conductor (2013)*

            Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Vocal Director and Pit Conductor (2015)

*Production selected for the International Thespian Society State Conference


McCluer High School Theatre Department, Ferguson, MO (2006-2011)

            Evita, Vocal Director and Pianist (2006)*

            Sweeny Todd, Vocal Director and Pianist (2006)

West Side Story, Pianist (2007)

Jesus Christ Superstar, Vocal Director and Pianist (2008)

Urinetown, Vocal Director (2010)

Bat Boy, Vocal Director (2010)

The Wiz, Vocal Director (2011)

*Production selected for the at the International Thespian Society State Conference

Private Vocal and Acting Coach (2006-Present)

Private vocal and acting coach to many students in the Saint Louis area, mostly preparing students for collegiate auditions in voice and musical theater and preparing students for musical theater auditions around the Saint Louis area


New York Vocal and Acting Studio (2015-Present)

Private voice and acting studio in Midtown Manhattan to assist students needing coaching for auditions and vocal projects in the New York area


During the Antigone in Ferguson project, I had the privilege of coaching many celebrity actors in preparation for performing my music in the show.


Vocal Master Classes (2012-Present)

Every summer, I collaborated with master acting coach, Michael Beatty, and several guest master artists on a masterclass entitled “Acting the Song”. This course prepares students to perform musical theater pieces with outstanding acting and singing technique.

Performance Experience

Antigone in Ferguson Virtual Version (2019-2021)

Due to the pandemic, the creative team of Antigone in Ferguson (AIF) figured out a way to hold virtual presentations of our show via Zoom. This included five soloists singing live along with actors and choir members all performing from their homes.  These presentations were offered multiple times during the pandemic with participation from over 50 countries around the globe and thousands of participants during the post-show discussions. Along with several AIF virtual performances, we also did a special virtual presentation of The Drum Major Instinct in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019 with Dr. King’s sermon being read by celebrity actors alongside a former senator, congresswoman, and congressman.


Virtual Performance Dates

AIF Michael Brown 6th Anniversary Virtual Performance (August 9, 2020)

AIF Harvard Virtual Performance (October 2, 2020)

AIF OHIO 5 Virtual Performance (October 8, 2020)

AIF Baltimore Virtual Performance (October 17, 2020)

AIF CUNY Virtual Performance (December 3, 2020)

TDMI Zoom Performance in Honor of MLK Day (January 18, 2021)


Belizean Grove St. Louis Retreat (September 12, 2019)

Provided entertainment (Choral, Band and Solo) for the Belizean Grove Woman’s Retreat Weekend


Antigone in Ferguson NYC Choir Performance at the Rockefeller Center (December 20, 2019)

Members of the choir of Antigone in Ferguson were invited to perform under the 77-foot Norway Spruce Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center for the 2019 Holiday Season Performance Series.


Frederick Douglass on Staten Island (New York, 2018)

I composed the original score for Frederick Douglass’ speech given at the National Convention of Colored Men, at Louisville, KY on September 24, 1883. This project was presented in Staten Island with a small chamber choir on Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Staten Island, NY.


The Drum Major Instinct (TDMI) (2017-Present)

I composed the original score for Dr. King’s final sermon, two months before he was assassinated, The Drum Major Instinct.  The Drum Major Instinct premiered in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC) on April 30, 2017 and is now touring the country, mainly at universities and art centers.  The Drum Major Instinct premiered internationally at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Conference on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Kallithea, Athens. On the 50th anniversary of this speech being delivered by Dr. King, the Phil Woodmore Singers were invited to perform this show at the Brooklyn Public Library on February 4, 2018.


            Performance Dates and Cities

            The Drum Major Instinct Premiere at the BRIC, Brooklyn, NY, (April 30, 2017)

            TDMI Performance at Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO, (October 14, 2017)

TDMI Performance at Central Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO, (December 8, 2017)

TDMI Performance at Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, (February 4, 2018) 

            TDMI Performance at John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, (April 26, 2018)

            TDMI Summer Workshop/Performance at SNF, Athens, Greece, (June, 17-23, 2018)


Antigone in Ferguson (2016-Present)

I composed the original score for a translated version of the Sophocles’ play Antigone which premiered in Ferguson, MO on September 17, 2016 and toured nationally from 2017-2019. Following the national tour, there were two Off-Broadway runs in New York and an upcoming run in Baltimore and the Kennedy Center. All performances are funded through grants and are offered to the public free of charge. Following AIF’s great success in its first year, the show was invited to be the Stavros Niarchos International Conference and premiered internationally during the summer of 2017.


Performance Cities and Dates

            Antigone in Ferguson Premiere Weekend, Ferguson, MO, (September 17, 2016)

Antigone in Ferguson Premiere NYC, New York, NY, (October 15, 2016)

AIF Performance at PopTech Conference, Camden, MA, (October 20, 2016)

AIF Encore Performance, St. Louis, MO, (November 12, 2016)

AIF Performance at Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD, (January 21, 2017)

AIF Workshop/Performance at SNF Conference, Athens, Greece, (June 17-23, 2017)

AIF Performance in the Park, Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY, (July 15, 2017)

AIF Performance at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, (September 16, 2017)

AIF Performance at Williams College, Williamstown, MA, (September 29, 2017)

AIF Performance at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, (September 30, 2017)

AIF Performance at Harris Stowe State University, St. Louis, MO, (October 13, 2017)

AIF Performance at NY Public Library, New York, NY, (February 3, 2018)

AIF Run at the Harlem Stage, Harlem, New York, NY, (September-October 2018)

AIF Run at the St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, New York, NY, (May 8-July 13, 2019)


Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Event, St. Louis, MO (2011-2015)

            Pianist, soloist and director for Allegro Music Company that performed during event


COCA’s 10th Anniversary Production of Ragtime University City, MO (2014)

            Performed the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. 


Webster University, Webster Groves, MO (2008-2010)

            Elijah in Elijah (Summer Sings)

            Baritone soloist for many performances of the Webster University Concert Choir


American Kantorei Choir, St. Louis, MO (2005-2007)

Baritone soloist and chorus member under the direction of the late Rev Dr. Robert Bergt, faculty member at Concordia Seminary where the choir rehearsed and performed



LyriCo Opera Company, St. Louis, MO (December 2004)

            Understudy for King Balthazar and Chorus Member of Amahl and the Night Visitors


Mid-West Opera Company, St. Louis, MO (2004-2005)

            Baritone Soloist


College of Allied Health Sciences, Chesterfield, MO (Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2005)

            Commencement Pianist and Soloist on the Logan College Campus


Saint Louis University Master Singers, St. Louis, MO (2003-2005)

            Performed the role of King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Fall 2003)

            Performed the role of Elijah in Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Spring 2004)

            Baritone soloist for Joseph Haydn’s Creation (Spring 2005)


Plaza Frontenac Mall, St. Louis, MO (2001-2004)

            Pianist for mall entertainment once a week during the summer months

Presentations

MMEA 2021 Conference
Presented posted on dissertation research at MMEA 2021 virtual conference
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Publications

Press

“Supporting Middle School Boys through the Voice Change and They Will Continue to Support our Choral Programs” Missouri School Music Magazine Volume 73, Number 1


Dissertation: “Antigone in Ferguson: The Experience of Seven Members of the Democratic Chorus in a Social Justice Production” (University of Missouri-Columbia, 2020)


“Antigone in Ferguson: A Journey Through the Transformative Power of Music” (Self-published book, 2020)

Compositions

“Antigone in Ferguson” (2016)

            Full length musical based on the play Antigone by Sophocles 


“The Drum Major Instinct: (2017)

Full length musical based on the sermon, The Drum Major Instinct, delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.


“Frederick Douglass on Staten Island (2018)

Full length musical based on a speech given by Frederick Douglass in 1883 in Louisville, KY.


“Prologue to the Gospel” (2017)

            Choral piece based on John 1:1-5


“The Glory Doxology” (2019)

            Choral piece commissioned by the Washington Metropolitan AME Zion Church


“This Little Bird” (2019)

            Choral piece commissioned by Parkway School District 4th and 5th grade Honor Choir


“Oh Shenandoah” (2019)

            Arrangement done for the Wentzville 7th and 8th Grade Honor Choir


“Requiem of Light” (2021) 

Choral piece commissioned by the city of St. Louis for a COVID-19 Remembrance Service


“Our Story” (2021)

Choral piece written with inspiration from interviews of families who have lost loved ones from COVID-19. This pieced will premiere at the COVID-19 Remembrance Service.


“City Kids” (2021)

            Film score in progress

Honors & Activities

Missouri Statewide Gospel Choir Conference 2004 – Chairman (November 2004)
Black Student Alliance Annual Charity Fashion Show – Male Coordinator (2002), Director (2004)
Black History Month Citywide Talent Show - Chairman (February 2002, February 2005)
Black Student Alliance - Academic Chair and Vice President (2003)
Calloway Scholar - Keynote Speaker at Annual Scholar Luncheon (Fall 2003)
International Student Federation Banquet - Master of Ceremonies (Spring 2003)
Recipient of the Kathy Humphrey Diversity Award (November 2004)
Traveled with Crestview Middle School Honor Choir to perform in the Lincoln Center in New York, New York (2009)
Traveled with Crestview Middle School Honor Choir to compete in a Regional Festival in Chicago, IL (2010, 2012)
Traveled with Crestview Middle School Honor Choir to compete in a Regional Festival in Branson, MO (2011, 2013)
Nominated for Teacher of the Year for Crestview Middle School (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)

Professional Memberships

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)


Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA)

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