Phillip W. Serna

Viola da Gamba/ Viol & Double Bass

Greater Chicago

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Phillip Serna performs on double bass with a variety of ensembles ranging from the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Illinois Symphony & Chamber Orchestra, Musicians for Michiana, New Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble, Renovo String Orchestra, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and many others. On viol, he performs with ensembles including Black Tulip, Burning River Baroque, Harmonie, New Comma Baroque, the Newberry Consort of Viols, the Spirit of Gambo, and many others. Phillip has appeared on Chicago’s 98.7FM WFMT, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio and WUIS NPR and can be heard on CD releases from Clarion, Cedille, Soundbyte and Varèse Sarabande Records.

Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, Phillip teaches double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University, double bass at North Central College, viola da gamba and viol consort at the Music Institute of Chicago, and is assistant director and sponsor of viol consorts and Illinois' first public-school period-instrument Baroque ensemble and viol consort at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, and is music director of the Early Music outreach program Viols in Our Schools - which earned him Early Music America’s Outreach Award for 2010 and their Early Music Month prize for 2016.


Viola da Gamba Repertoire c.1500 to 2016

Renaissance: Diego Ortiz (1510-1570), Captaine Tobias Hume (1569 - 1645)

Baroque/ Classical: Richard Sumarte (15??-after 1630), Christopher Simpson (1602/1606–1669), John Playford (1623 – 1686), Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707), Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (fl.1640-1690), Carolus Hacquart (ca.1640 – ca.1701) Philip Hacquart (1645 - 1691), Le Sieur Dubuisson (died 1681), Marin Marais (1656 - 1728), Johannes Schenck (1660-1712), François Couperin (1668 - 1733), Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681 - 1767), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759), Christian Podbielski (1683 - 1753), Johann Pfeiffer (1697-1761), Johann Gottfried Mente (1698 - 1760), Johann Christian Hertel (1699 - 1754), Johann Gottlieb Graun (1702 - 1771), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788), Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 - 1787), Christian Wilhelm Podbielski (1741 - 1792)

20th Century/ Contemporary: Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906 - 1942), Martha Bishop (b.1937), David Loeb (b.1939), Lynn Gumert (b.1961), Geoffrey Gordon (b.1968), Flint Juventino Beppe (b.1973), Eliza Brown (b.1985), Carlo Diaz


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Phillip W. Serna

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(847) 722-2093