Phillip W. Serna


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​Over the last decade of his double bass career as a soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician, PHILLIP W. SERNA ​has emerged among the nation’s leading advocates of the viol – the viola da gamba. Co-founding Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, ViolMedium and the Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols, he’s collaborated with a myriad of distinguished historical-performance ensembles, most notably the Bella Voce Sinfonia, Burning River Baroque, the Chicago Early Music Consort, Les Touches and the Newberry Consort. He can be heard on WFMT Chicago, Wisconsin Public Radio, Milwaukee Public Radio, and on releases from Clarion, Cedille, and Varèse Sarabande Records. Holding degrees from Northwestern University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Dr. Serna teaches at Valparaiso University, North Central College, the Music Institute of Chicago and co-directs Illinois' first public-school period-instrument program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Furthermore, he serves as music director of Viols in Our Schools, an education initiative that earned him Early Music America's 2010 Laurette Goldberg Award for Early Music outreach. For more information, visit Phillip Serna performs on a 7-string bass viol ‘Natalia La Reveuse - The Dreamer’ (after Colichon) by Jane Julier, Devon, UK, #129, 2007.