Classical Trombonist Philip Swanson’s primary teachers were his father, Sigurd Swanson (former trombone teacher – National Music Camp, Interlochen Michigan), Frank Crisafulli (former second trombonist – Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Milt Stevens (former principal trombonist – National Symphony) and Norman Bolter (former second trombonist – Boston Symphony Orchestra). At age 21 he won the position of Principal Trombone in the Miami Philharmonic, conducted by Alain Lombard. He spent 5 years in that position, as well as serving as principal in the Miami Opera and Miami Ballet Orchestras.
After 5 seasons he left Miami and enrolled in the graduate program at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester N.Y., where in addition to his trombone studies, he also studied classical and jazz piano as well as composition. Upon receiving his Master of Music at Eastman, he moved to Boston Massachusetts where he entered the newly created Doctor of Musical Arts Program at New England Conservatory, becoming the first brass player ever to receive a D.M.A. from N.E.C. (1999). He is presently Professor of Music at Salem State University in Salem MA, where he teaches Music Theory, Composition, Trombone and Piano. He has performed in numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Boston area, including:

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Boston Ballet
  • Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Opera Boston
  • Handel and Haydn Society
  • Boston Cecilia
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
  • Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • Cantabrigia Brass Quintet
  • Morgenmusik Chamber Brass
  • Thompson Brass Project
  • Numerous Theatrical Productions