Phil Farris

Contact Information

  • Phone: 937-229-3920
  • Location: FH 478

Phil Farris

Artist-in-Residence, Piano

  • Full-Time Faculty


Phillip Farris is known throughout the midwest as an accompanist well versed in both instrumental and vocal repertoire. Farris made his New York debut in 1989 accompanying Metropolitan Opera tenor Stanford Olsen in recital at Alice Tully Hall. Especially fond of the horn repertoire, Farris was an official accompanist for the American Horn Competition from 1987 to 1995 and has played for such hornists as Gail Williams, Lowell Greer, Eric Ruske and Richard Chenoweth. Farris has held positions at a number of opera companies including Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera and Whitewater Opera. During his eight years on staff at Cincinnati Opera, Farris was Music Director of their Education/Outreach program. He continues his interest in opera education, spending his summers as an instructor for OperaAmerica's Music! Words! Opera! Program. A native of Seattle, Farris attended the University of Washington where he studied with Bela Siki. Additionally, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Texas and the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he earned a Master of Music degree in piano with Frank Weinstock while studying opera with the great Italian basso, Italo Tajo. Farris joined the faculty at the University of Dayton in 1998 where he is now an Artist-in-Residence combining teaching piano with a variety of accompanying.


  • Master of Music, CCM 1985

Research Interests

  • Rhythm in the music of Brahms
  • Music Education: Children and the Creative Process
  • Folk Music Influences on classical Composers