PHILIP WESTIN has received composition commissions from, among others, the Eastern Brass Quintet, CSU Long Beach, and the California Wind Symphony. In 1972, composer William Schuman asked Westin to orchestrate his Credendum for Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and was present for its premiere performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center under Westin’s baton. Studying composition with Roy Harris, Ingolf Dahl and Halsey Stevens, Westin earned degrees in Music Composition from USC in 1968 and 1970. In 1990 he earned a Doctorate Degree from the University of La Verne, and in 1992 earned a Post-Doctoral Certificate from Harvard University.
Westin is also well known as a conductor of choral and wind ensemble works, symphonies, operas and musical theatre productions. He founded and conducted the Los Angeles Chamber Chorale and the California Wind Symphony, which included Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, Henry Mancini, Walter Piston, Gunther Schuller, William Schuman, Roger Sessions, Halsey Stevens, Virgil Thomson, and John Williams as members of its advisory board (partial listing). In 1980 he founded the Master Symphony Orchestra which performed concert series with world-renowned guest soloists at Ambassador Auditorium, Bridges Auditorium, the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, and many other Southern California venues. Writing for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner in 1982, Mark Swed (now Music Critic for the Los Angeles Times) wrote, “He (Westin) went for broke by taking huge chances in his attempts to create genuine drama, and he hit the jackpot in a truly exciting and well-paced performance of the Verdi Requiem with soloists Martina Arroyo, Marvellee Cariaga, Carlo Bergonzi and Arnold Voketaitis.”
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