Phillip Serna

Adjunct Instructor of Music



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In addition to his double bass career as soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician, Dr. Phillip W. Serna has emerged among the nation's leading advocates of the viol - the viola da gamba. Co-founding the Chicago-area historical-performance ensembles Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo and ViolMedium, he’s appeared across the United States with groups ranging from Burning River Baroque, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Les Touches, the Newberry Consort, and many others. He can be heard on WFMT Chicago, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio, on releases from Clarion, Cedille, and Varèse Sarabande Records as well as his upcoming solo album Shattered Glass - New Music for Viola da Gamba by Women Composers. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, Phillip teaches double bass at Valparaiso University and North Central College; double bass, viola da gamba and viol consort at the Music Institute of Chicago and the J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church and School, and serves as assistant director and sponsor of viol consorts and Illinois' first public-school period-instrument program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Phillip has served on the faculties of the Madison Early Music Festival, the Whitewater Early Music Festival, and is the music director of Viols in Our Schools earning him Early Music America's 2010 Laurette Goldberg Award for Early Music Outreach. For more information, visit