Holland Phillips

Specialty: Scandinavian art music

Holland Phillips serves as the principal violist of the Salem Chamber Orchestra and the Eugene Symphony. Reviewers have praised the “spirit and clear tone” of her playing (Leipziger Volkszeitung) and the “serious intensity” that she brings to performances (Register-Guard). She also performs with other Oregon-based ensembles: Chamber Music Amici, TARDIS Ensemble, Oregon Mozart Players, and Oregon Bach Festival. In 2012 Ms. Phillips completed her doctoral studies at the University of Oregon with her dissertation, “Tidens Fylde: Temporality and Tradition in Carl Nielsen’s Works for Violin.” She also holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Dr. Leslie Straka, James Buswell, Kathryn Lucktenberg, and Connie Heard.


  • 1996: H.S. diploma: North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2000: B.M. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2003: M.M. New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
  • 2004: G.D. New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
  • 2011: M.M. (viola) University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • 2012: D.M.A. (violin, musicology) University of Oregon, Eugene, OR