Brandie Phillips grew up in San Angelo, Texas, and began studying the violin at the age of four. A passionate orchestral violinist, Brandie was named the concertmaster of the 2001 National Festival Orchestra where she performed in Carnegie Hall under the baton of Maestro Lukas Foss. Ms. Phillips was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado as Associate Concertmaster in 2009 and Concertmaster in 2010. She has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the Lynn University Philharmonic Orchestra, the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Other opportunities have allowed her to perform as soloist and orchestral violinist in various venues around the US and Europe. In 2003, Brandie was honored to be named as a Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master.
Following two years of study at Lynn University’s Music Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida with pedagogue Sergiu Schwartz, Brandie transferred to and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She earned a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, under the tutelage of recording artist Chee-Yun Kim.
While aspiring to be an orchestral violinist, Brandie also enjoys teaching students of all ages. In addition to a private studio, she also teaches violin in various public schools around Dallas. Brandie is a member of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, as well as substitute violinist for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Brandie was named Interim Assistant Concertmaster of The Dallas Opera, a position she will assume in September 2012. She performs on a Sympertus Niggel violin made in 1770.