Phillip Sink was born in 1982 in High Point, North Carolina. In 2004, he received bachelors degrees in music composition/theory and music education from Appalachian State University. From 2005-2009, Phillip taught middle school orchestra and band in Charlotte, NC. In 2012, he earned masters degrees in music composition and music theory pedagogy from Michigan State University where he served as a graduate assistant in music theory.
Phillip’s music has been performed in the U.S. and Europe and at many conferences and festivals including: 2013 Kansas Music Educators Association conference, Wichita, Kansas; 2012 World Saxophone Congress, St. Andrews, Scotland; 2012 NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) national conference, Tempe, AZ; 2011 NASA regional conference, Chicago, IL; 2011 Brevard Music Festival; and the 2010 Chamber Music Institute, Lincoln, NE. In addition, Phillip’s music has been read by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Other honors include winning the 2013 Kuttner String Quartet Composition Competition, 2013 NOTUS Prize, and the 2011 MSU composition competition in the categories of orchestra and chamber ensemble. Most recently, Phillip has been awarded a full fellowship to attend the 2015 Aspen Music Festival.
Phillip is currently a doctoral fellow at the Jacobs School of Music where he is pursuing a doctoral degree (DM) in music composition with minors in electronic music and music theory. At Indiana University, he serves as an associate instructor of composition where he teaches courses such as Free Counterpoint as well as composition lessons. He studies with Claude Baker and his previous teachers were David Dzubay, Aaron Travers, Ricardo Lorenz, Jere Hutcheson, and Scott Meister.