Phil  “The Man” Popham


     Los Angeles-based oboist and composer Phil Popham may be heard on numerous film and television soundtracks, including Planet Earth II, Impossible, Asterix and Obelix: IV, Emo Dad, Tick Tock, Soar, Toxic Temptation, The Shy Guys, Driving Thought, Bandit, Monroe, The Wars of Other Men, Spike TV’s Tut, and USA Network’s The Moment. Abroad, he is the English hornist for the West Michigan Symphony. He also served as English horn for nine years with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and six years as Second Oboe/English horn of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Phil is also Co-Founder/Oboe of the Helix Collective chamber ensemble and Classical Revolution: Los Angeles. He has also performed with the Golden State Pops, L.A. Virtuosi, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Film Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, LA Sinfonietta, and the Southeast, Los Angeles, New Valley, Grand Rapids, New World, South Bend, and Jackson Symphonies. Phil is also the founder of Phat Yak Records, a Club Classical record label based in West Hollywood.

     A 2001 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (as a student of Joseph Turner), Phil served that year as Principal Oboe of the Annapolis Opera Orchestra and was awarded the conservatory's Lynn Taylor Hebden Prize in Performance. After one year of study in Chicago with Grover Schiltz at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Phil won the position of English horn for the Midland Symphony Orchestra. Phil continued study ay University of Southern California with oboist Joel Timm.

     As a composer, Phil is Composer-in-Residence at the Tahoe Chamber Music Society and Educational Composer for the West Michigan Symphony. He has had his pieces premiered and performed throughout the country and at international music conventions including the New World, West Michigan Symphony, Tahoe Chamber Music Society, and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival. His principal teachers were Jere Jutcheson from Michigan State University and Stephen Dankner and John Kinchen from the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts.