Carisse Phillips is a tubist who currently performs and teaches in the greater Baltimore/Washington DC area. Ms. Phillips’ performing experiences on the tuba are diverse. She has performed with the McDaniel College Orchestra, the Baltimore Brass Quintet, and in the Shanghai Tourism Festival Parade in Shanghai, China. She has also performed as a guest soloist at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. She was additionally a part of a recording project with The Wontons in 2017 that recorded covers of Sylvan Esso songs. Ms. Phillips is an undergraduate student at Towson University, where she is a tuba student of James Hicks. She is pursuing a dual Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance, as well as a degree in Spanish literature. In addition, she is an Alexander Technique student of Marsha Becker. Ms. Phillips is also a soprano, and studies voice with
Her Spanish language studies have provided her the opportunity to study and live abroad across the world. She lived in Granada, Spain as an exchange student, during which time she had the opportunity to teach English to young children at the Colegio Diocesano Internacional Virgen de Gracia. While in Spain, she studied Flamenco music and dance. She has also resided in Cocles, Costa Rica, while volunteering with the Jaguar Rescue Center, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.
In the Baltimore community, Carisse has volunteered with the Baltimore County Summer Music Camp. She was a Music History and Spanish tutor at the Towson University Academic Achievement Center for three years. in 2014, Ms. Phillips was an intern for Arts for the Aging, Inc, an organization that provides arts therapy and creative programming to seniors in elder care facilities in the greater DC metro area.
Ms. Phillips was the founding president of the Nu Delta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. In this role, she organized events, performances, volunteering efforts, and fundraisers, with the goal of benefitting and enriching the Baltimore music community. In 2018, she attended the Sigma Alpha Iota National Convention as her chapter’s delegate. She is also a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, National Association for Music Education, and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. In 2014, she was the inaugural recipient of the Carl B. Schmidt Excellence in Music History and Writing Prize.
In her free time, Carisse enjoys spending time with her family and cats, learning new languages, and exploring a wide gamut of creative pursuits including sewing and knitting. Her eclectic interests have led her to teaching group exercise classes such as zumba and weight training.