Dr. Philip G. Simon is in his ninth year as Director of Instrumental Studies at Wilkes University where he directs the Civic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Pep Band and teaches courses music history and American popular music. Prior to assuming his position at Wilkes, he was Visiting Professor of Instrumental Studies at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.
Professor Simon has directed professional and collegiate bands and school honors ensembles in Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, California, Maryland and the United Kingdom. He regularly presents clinics at PMEA sponsored inservices throughout Pennsylvania. He is a contributing author to the popular music education series, Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, published by GIA, and his dissertation is published by VDM Publications. He performs locally on tuba, string bass and bass guitar.
Dr. Simon taught high school instrumental music for 29 years, including sixteen years as director of the nationally recognized Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Bands in Fairfax County, Virginia. He held a similar position in Prince George’s County, Maryland from 1971-1985. He holds degrees from Boston University, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Texas where he was a student of Professor Eugene Corporon and a Doctoral Conducting Associate and Teaching Assistant.
The recipient of three Citations of Excellence by the National Band Association, Dr. Simon was nominated for Fairfax County, Virginia Teacher of the Year in 1985. His biography appears in the last 11 editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America, as well as the 13th edition of Who’s Who In American Education. He holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the College Music Society, the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference, Phi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He served on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 9, as higher education representative for curriculum and instruction for 7 years. He is the recipient of The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 9 Citation of Excellence In Teaching Award for 2007. This fall he was awarded the Multicuralism Award for teaching multiculturalism in the classroom by the Wilkes University Teacher Recognition and Effectiveness Committee.