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Philip Orem received his B.M. and MM. in piano performance from Northwestern University as well as a diploma in Composition and Arranging from the Grove School of Music. While at Northwestern he was elected to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda and The College Register.

His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe. In April 1996 he was awarded a NEA Meet the Composer/Midwest grant by Arts Midwest to spend five days overseeing the premiere of his Variations for string orchestra by the McHenry County Youth Orchestra and rehearsals of various choral, concert band and jazz band pieces at local schools and churches in McHenry County, Illinois. In 2009 his Octet in E-Flat won an Honorable Mention from the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop Composition Contest.

He has been composer in residence at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL since 2007 where his Requiem was premiered January 15, 2012 as part of their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observances. He is also the resident composer and pianist for Congregation Solel in Highland Park, IL.

In the past year there have been premiers of two song cycles, A Wonder Is What It Is with poetry by Wendell Berry and Songs to Throw at the Sun with poetry by Langston Hughes, several choral pieces for Jewish, Christian and ecumenical services and Invocation and Dance for a Pagan God for trombone choir. In June his From Darkness to Light, A Tribute to Nelson Mandela will be premiered by the San Farncisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Concert Band and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. This fall will see the premiere of Three Psalms for clarinet and piano.

He is very active in all musical aspects of musical theater having worked on over 130 productions including work with Karen Morrow, Tommy Tune, Charlotte Rae, Sheldon Harnick, Joanna Gleason and the late Betty Garrett, Charles Nelson Reilly and Georgia Brown. He has composed the music for three children's musicals including Theatre West's Storybook Theatre production of The Emperor's New Clothes, which won an Artistic Director Achievement Award from the Valley Theater League for best music in a children's musical. For five years he served on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West in Los Angeles.

He is published by GIA Publications Inc., Gentry Publications, Dorn Publications Inc., Pan Press, Brass Chamber Music Press and oySongs.com.

For a complete listing of compositions and current news visit my website at http://www.angelfire.com/ca/philiporem/.

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