Karla Philipp, String Sinfonia and Ensemble Conductor

Karla Philipp holds the B. M. in Music Education from the University of Arizona, and the M. M. in Double Bass performance from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). An active performer, she has performed with the Tucson Symphony, the Arizona Light Opera, the Memphis Symphony, the Tupelo Symphony, and is currently in the Jackson, TN. Symphony. In addition, she is a freelance performer in the Memphis area.

Ms. Philipp was inducted into the Hall of Fame 2013 with the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association. She is a FOUR time recipient of the Teacher Award from the Governor’s School for the Arts and recipient of the Rotary Award for Teacher Excellence in 1998. Karla has had the privilege of teaching clinics, summer music camps and workshops around the Country including The American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point Wisconsin, and the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 2009 Karla retired after 30 years of teaching strings for the Memphis City Schools. She is currently the conductor of two Memphis Youth Symphony Program orchestras, the Memphis Youth String Ensemble and the Memphis Youth String Sinfonia. She maintains a private studio of double bass players. She is also the director of the Calvary Ringers, the handbell choir at Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis. In addition she is an adjunct instructor in music education at the University of Memphis where she teaches the strings method class and supervises student teachers.