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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.
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 he was invited to perform in public masterclasses for various 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, Hal Grossman, and University of Michigan professor Stephen Shipps. Philip himself has been teaching violin professionally for 15 years. In addition to his private studio instruction, Philip has also held a variety of other teaching positions. He was a violin teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma, instructing violinists in the university music school, and he has instructed private, group, and ensemble classes for music festivals and events around the country.
Philip recently moved to Lexington, Massachusetts. He serves as Vice President for Durham Music Teachers Association, an affiliate of Music Teachers National Association, and freelances with local symphonies. He teaches violin both remotely and in person.
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