Phillip Roberts is a composer and performer from Virginia. From his home state comes the musical heritage of the Shenandoah Valley, lending an air of Americana to much of Roberts' music. His use of driving rhythms and soulful harmonies comes from his current residency in Cincinnati, the birthplace of funk. Currently, Roberts is on the composition/theory faculty at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Peraza Strings in Cincinnati, and an adjunct instructor at Miami University of Ohio. Roberts received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition at James Madison University and Bowling Green State University respectively. He recently finished his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. John Hilliard, Marilyn Shrude, Christopher Dietz, Joel Hoffman, and Michael Fiday are among the composers with whom he has studied. Roberts has fulfilled commissions from such ensembles as the James Madison University Chorale, the Luray Main Street Singers, and the University of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He has also played as a collaborative pianist for the aforementioned choirs, the former with which he toured England in the summer of 2010. Roberts has worked as an organist for the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, Sacred Heart Church, Wilmington Friends Quaker Meeting, and currently Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Having given recitals as a pianist, an organist, and others featuring his own compositions, Roberts feels equally at home in several disciplines.