The son of a Baptist minister, Phil has always had music around him. The grandson of a Salvation Army trumpet player on his mother’s side of the family and a church organist on his dad`s side, he was exposed to church and gospel music from his earliest days. In grade seven he surprised his parents by picking out tunes on a neighbour’s piano during a visit, so they purchased a piano so he could take lessons. He took lessons for two years, and stopped by mutual agreement of he and his teacher, who didn’t think he was applying himself to his lessons. Six months later he became the pianist in the church she attended and he hasn’t stopped playing since. Phil is a proud graduate of West Kings, where he sang in the choir, played in the band, and was the lead in his high school musicals. He’s always found time for music in his life, as the pianist for his church and the former director and accompanist of the Dartmouth Men’s Choir. Phil is a singer songwriter, and has released two CDs of his own music. He considers it a privilege to sing in Nova Voce, and hopes, someday, to be the old guy in the choir.