Karla A. Philipp

Title: Musician, Educator, Conductor
Company:  Memphis Youth Symphony
Location:  Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Karla A. Philipp has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Over the last four decades, Mrs. Philipp has been successful in her field by teaching with a sense of humor, but also with a strong sense of discipline. In her career, she has held noteworthy roles including adjunct instructor for the University of Memphis, conductor for the Youth String Ensemble of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program, and teacher of itinerant string for the Memphis City Schools. Today, she works with bass players at Colleyville Middle School, provides one-on-one classes at her private studio, serves as a section member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and leads as a conductor for the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.  Regarded for her incredible musical talents, Mrs. Philipp has been honored on several occasions over the years. She was inducted into the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Associated Hall of Fame and she was honored at the Amro Music Educator’s Walk. Additionally, she was the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, an Award for Teacher Excellence from the Rotary Club of Memphis, an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a Haldeman Scholarship from the School of Music at the University of Arizona.

A lover of music since she was a child, Mrs. Philipp knew from a young age that she would teach, conduct and perform music. To refine her natural talents, she pursued and completed her education. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona and a Master of Music from Memphis State University (Now the University of Memphis). She has remained at the top of her field through her work with the American String Teacher Association, for which she served as the vice president of the West Tennessee chapter for two years. She also is a member of the International Society of Business Leaders, the Tennessee Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education and the American Federation of Musicians. As she looks ahead to the future, Mrs. Philipps intends to continue sharing her love of music and taking on new projects that spark joy within her soul.

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