Affiliate Artist, Bass Trombone and Euphonium
office: MSM 335
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Phillip Freeman joined the Houston Symphony in September 2007 as the orchestra's bass trombonist. Prior to his appointment to the HSO he was an active freelance musician, performing in a broad range of classical and commercial settings. In addition to performing with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra for six seasons, he has also performed with Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and the Houston Ballet on tenor and bass trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet. At the other end of the spectrum, he has played several of the musical tours to come through Houston, as well as many performances with the Texas Music Festival Jazz Project.
A native of Houston, Freeman began his musical studies on euphonium before taking up bass trombone during his senior year at the University of Houston. After completing a degree in composition and euphonium, he continued his study of the bass trombone at the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center and the Spoleto Festival USA.
Freeman has taught privately for several years, and is currently on the faculty of the University of Houston's Moores School of Music and the American Festival for the Arts.