Stacey Philipps writes music of close, lush harmonies and contrapuntal textures, exploring the human experience and the timbre of voices and instruments in minute, exposed detail and vibrant, sweeping gestures. A lifelong choral singer, Philipps is an early- and new-music devotee, and she currently sings with the Oregon Repertory Singers. Her vocal interests extend to a love of composing choral music and art song, as well as collaborating with solo instrumentalists and chamber music ensembles. She is also a concert producer and arts advocate committed to building community by facilitating the evanescent thrill of live performances.
A sometime pianist and frequent dabbler in playing underappreciated instruments – Philipps has an accordion, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, and banjo on hand and is pining for a harpsichord, viola da gamba, and all the crotales – she holds degrees in music composition from Portland State University and in philosophy and math from St. John’s College, Santa Fe. Her work has been performed by Wet Ink, Delgani String Quartet, Raphael Spiro String Quartet, The Mousai, Northwest Piano Trio, The Bodhi Trio, Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers, Vox16, Vox Femina, Resonance Ensemble, Choral Arts Ensemble, Oregon Repertory Singers, and mezzo-soprano Laura Beckel Thoreson, among others. She is a member of the American Composers’ Forum, the National Association of Composers, Cascadia Composers, and ASCAP and is the proprietor of Sirensong Publishing, the sole distributor of her work.