Vannia Phillips

Suzuki Violin Faculty; Suzuki Viola Faculty
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
Private Instruction

Vannia received a BA in Philosophy from Villanova University. After this, she continued on with her music studies by attending Oberlin Conservatory and receiving her Bachelor of Music. She then went to DePaul University and completed her Master of Music in performance.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Due to the years she spent in school, Ms. Phillips formed very strong relationships with many talented teachers. Some of the instructors who were most significant in her life were: Jeff Irvine, and Lynne Ramsey at the Oberlin Conservatory, and Rami Solomonov at DePaul University.

Awards and achievements: 

Given her passion for teaching, Vannia studied Suzuki pedagogy with Edward Kreitman and Nancy Jackson at the Western Springs School for Talent Education. She then taught at the Suzuki-Orff School and the Musical Offering, where she frequently gave recitals. She also taught at the Fairbanks, Alaska Fine Arts Camp, Louisville Suzuki Summer Institute, and was a clinician for the Music Academy of Rockford College. 

From 1996-2004, Ms. Phillips was the violist of Lyra Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at Carthage College. She held the position of principal violist of the Kenosha Symphony from 1996-2004 and has been a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 1998.

Vannia has recorded and performed with local rock group Sleeping at Last, and can be heard on recordings with Mono and Lesser Birds of Paradise. She has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and with Josh Groban on Oprah.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Ms. Phillips has worked with the Joffery Ballet, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, the Center for Black Music Research of Columbia College (CBMR), and Elgin Symphony. She has recorded numerous times with the Sinfonietta and CBMR. After studying the baroque orchestra at Oberline Conservatory, Vannia went on to study the International Baroque Festival at Longy, where she performed in master classes with Elizabeth Blumenstock and Dana Maiben. In Chicago, she has played baroque viola with Baroque Band, Chicago Opera Theater, and Urban Baroque. She has also performed on WFMT with the Baroque Band.