Introduction: Violinist Philip Oja has held positions as a member or freelancer with various professional symphony orchestras around the country including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and many others. He has also performed in hundreds of public concerts and functions as a soloist and an ensemble musician in Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Carolina.
Philip holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of the Crouse String Quartet, Concertmaster of the university symphony orchestra, and a graduate violin teaching assistant. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Western Michigan University. As a competitive chamber ensemble musician in music school he was invited to perform in public quartet masterclasses for various world renowned string quartets including the Tokyo Quartet, the Julliard Quartet, the Belcea Quartet, The Pacifica Quartet, the Miro Quartet, and numerous others.
Past violin teachers have included members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, OU Professor Hal Grossman, and University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps. Philip himself has been teaching violin professionally for 13 years. His interest in teaching began at a very young age, as he grew up helping instruct his younger siblings in violin and cello. In addition to private teaching Philip has also held a variety of other teaching positions. He was a violin teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, helping instruct violinists in the university music school, and he has instructed private, group, and ensemble classes for music camps and events in Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.
Philip recently moved to Lexington, MA. He serves as Vice President of Durham Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, and teaches private lessons both remotely and in-person.
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