Recognized by Music Teachers National Association as 2017 Distinguished Composer of the Year, Philip Schuessler explores music of subtle, delicate timbres and dynamics through extended acoustic and electro-acoustic resources. His diverse output spans a number of different stylistic approaches by incorporating techniques of spectralism, indeterminacy and graphic notation, ephemeral sound fabrics, microtonality, popular and rock music, and electro-acoustic music.
Schuessler received his Bachelors Degree in composition at Birmingham-Southern College, his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His teachers have included Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman, Dennis Kam, Keith Kothman, Dan Weymouth, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Daria Semegen.
He has had works performed by notable ensembles such as Yarn/Wire, Dither Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion Ensemble, IKTUS Percussion, Hypercube, Pesedjet, Loadbang, Hub New Music, and the Gemini Duo; and his works have also been championed by such soloists as pianist Mabel Kwan, soprano Tony Arnold, violinist Graeme Jennings, and cellist Craig Hultgren. His music has has been performed at notable venues such as the Mise-En Festival, June in Buffalo, Festival Miami, the Czech-American Summer Music Workshop, CCMIX in Paris, SEAMUS Conferences, ArtSounds in Kansas City, Artomatic in Arlington, Virginia, Electronic Music Midwest, New Music Forum in San Francisco, the School for Designing a Society in Urbana, Illinois, Electro-acoustic Juke Joint Festival, the Electro-acoustic Barn Dance Festival, the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, and the New Music on the Bayou Festival in Monroe, Louisiana. He has also been a participant at the MusicX Festival, the Ernst Bloch Music Festival, the Elliott Carter/Oliver Knussen Chamber Music Intensive Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and the Oregon Bach Festival.
His music has been recognized internationally by Elektrophonie’s NuitBleue Music Festival, the Futura Festival, and by the Bourges Residence. Recently, Schuessler was chosen by Eric Moore’s Cello Loft Project for a new commissioned work for cello and percussion. Other awards and grants come from the Duo Fujin Weekend Composition Competition, Louisiana Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer, the American Prize in Chamber Music (semi-finalist), and a New Music USA Composer Assistant Grant.
Schuessler was also recently an artist in residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming where he composed Lux Aeterna for mixed chorus and piano. Most recently, Schuessler was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Composer by the Music Teachers National Association for his saxophone quartet Sunburst Carousel.
Recordings of his music can be found on the Centaur, Capstone, Curvepoint Media, and Janus Music & Sound labels.