Artist Diploma Student Wins Audition with Calgary Philharmonic

philip manningPhilip Manning, a second-year artist diploma student, recently won an audition for a tenure-tracked position as a first violinist with the Calgary Philharmonic in Alberta, Canada.

Manning, who has served as concertmaster of the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra, has been preparing for the past year and half with teachers Charles and Rachel Stegeman for an audition such as this. Both teachers have been preparing him for this specific audition for the last three months with double lessons and weekly masterclass mock auditions. In many of these situations, he would play for over an hour, simulating worst-case scenarios both Rachel and Charles had experienced in auditions they themselves had taken.

According to Charles Stegeman, "This is a huge feather in the Duquesne cap, and it is just one more example of how the Mary Pappert School of Music is more than capable of training its students for international excellence in music performance."

Hailing from Victoria, British Columbia, Manning received a Professional Certificate in Business Management from Camosun College in Victoria, BC, as well as Diploma Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto before coming to Duquesne. In addition, he is currently an auxiliary member of the Victoria Symphony (1st and 2nd violins).

Manning is on track to graduate this May, and will return to his native Canada to begin his new job shortly thereafter.


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