“a phenomenal musician… our next prodigious clarinet performer and pedagogue”
The Clarinet • December 2015
Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga has quickly emerged as one of the leading performers and pedagogues of his generation. His book, Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist, was released in August 2015 by Imagine Music Publishing and has garnered significant praise from leading clarinetists including prominent members of the orchestras in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as stellar reviews in several major publications.
As a performer he has appeared on four continents and regularly appears throughout North America and abroad. His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, TGW in Guatemala, CBMF in Cuba, as well as several other regional radio and television stations. He has visited dozens of universities to present recitals and master classes, and is regularly invited to perform at venues around the world. Recent highlights include performances at Bellas Artes Guatapé, ClarinetFest, ClariBogotá, ClariMania, College Music Society, Cranbrook Concert Series, Festival Internacional de Música Alfredo de Saint Malo, Fiesta de los Clarinetes, International Double Reed Society, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, Tutti New Music Festival as well as concerts in China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Israel, Panama, Spain, Thailand, and Trinidad.
He is a founding member of the PEN Trio, which is a woodwind trio that regularly tours in North America and abroad. The trio's debut album, Found Objects, was released on Summit Records in late 2019. The album includes works by William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn. In partnership with TrevCo Publishing, the group also curates the PEN Trio Collection, which makes new works as well as critical editions of existing works available to a wider audience. Highlights of the 2017-18 season included concerts in Costa Rica, India, Panama, and the United Kingdom; as well as domestic tours in Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan.
As an orchestral musician he has been a member of the Haddonfield Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and Walt Disney World Orchestra. He also has appeared with numerous other orchestras including the Charleston Symphony (SC), Chicago Civic Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Florida Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, New World Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and Windsor Symphony (Ontario). He has also participated in numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and Lake George Opera in Saratoga, New York.
In the fall of 2018 he joined the faculty at the University of North Texas as associate professor of clarinet. Dr. Paglialonga is an artist for both Buffet Crampon and Gonzalez Reeds. More information about Dr. Paglialonga is available at www.SqueakBig.com.