Philip Swanson has had an extensive career as a professional orchestral flutist, university professor, solo and chamber music performer, private and masterclass teacher/clinician and as a univeristy music/fine arts administrator. His teaching and administrative career in higher education has included full-time appointments at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Redlands and Northern Arizona University. He received his academic degrees and the Performer's Certificate in Flute from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of Joseph Mariano.
As an orchestral flutist, Philip has held positions as principal flutist with the North Carolina Symphony, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Arizona Opera Company Orchestra, Flagstaff Summer Festival Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside County Philharmonic, Lake Arrowhead Festival Orchestra and the Desert Symphony. In addition, he held positions as piccoloist/flutist with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He has performed as soloist with many of these orchestras and has often been guest soloist with community orchestras, university orchestras and wind ensembles. He has also performed frequently as soloist and chamber musician at the annual Sedona Chamber Music Festival and has given countless solo recitals throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
In 1970, Philip founded the Tucson Flute Club, and two years later he was one of the founders of the National Flute Association, where he served as its first treasurer, co-chair of the program committe for the first convention and a member of the board of directors for many years. In the early 1970's, Philip and his faculty colleague at the University of Arizona, Robert Muczynski, made the first commercial recording of Muczynski's Sonata for Flute and Piano, which has since become a staple of the flute repertoire.
In June of 2000, Philip retired from Northern Arizona University where he had been Professor of Flute for a decade. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona where he continues to teach privately and remains active as a flute soloist, clinician, masterclass teacher and orchestral/chamber music flutist.