This traditional String Chamber Ensemble enjoys making music that includes classical, movie soundtracks, traditional folk tunes, pop music, Broadway and more – all the way ‘From Bach to the Beatles.’
Dr. Phillip Coonce
Conductor, Resa’s Pieces String Ensemble.
Violinist Phil Coonce is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Doctorate in Violin Performance. He also completed the coursework for a Masters in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, and has since taught private students for 45 years. Since1986 he has specialized in coaching music groups composed of amateur adult musicians, a skill he brings now to Resa’s Pieces String Ensemble in Toronto. In this capacity he has served at Merrimack Valley Music and Art Camp, and the Chamber music workshops of Vermont’s Bennington College, Princeton Chamber Music Play Week, and Summer Trios. As a conductor, Phil has worked with several honors high school orchestras: the Albuquerque Youth Symphony, The Orange County (New Jersey) Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Symphony, and the Fairfield Honors Orchestra.
A native of Albuquerque New Mexico, Phil has served as concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston SC., the Hoboken Chamber Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Outreach. His freelance performance career has ranged from the New York City and Santa Fe Opera Companies to the bluegrass band Right as Rain. Phil and his wife are now living in Toronto, and Phil currently serves on the faculties of the Toronto School for Strings, and plays with the Hand Me Downs bluegrass band.
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