PHILIP RICE (b. 1988) graduated with distinction from Westminster Choir College with a Master of Music in composition in 2012, and a Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University in 2010. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Michigan State University. He has won numerous awards for his compositions, among them awards from Chanticleer, the Kansas University Choral Society, SibeliusMusic.com, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Westminster Choir College, and others. His areas of compositional interest currently lie in American art-song, opera, choral/orchestral forms, and in the sonorous qualities of bells. As a Michigan native, he has particular interest in contributing to the legacy and experience of midwestern communities and ecologies. Outside of music, he is an avid poet and blogger with a keen interest in “found” objects as literary devices, the use of esoteric and sacred dialogues, and the burden of wordlessly stars. He collects hourglasses, glass bottles, and picture frames; in his spare time he studies typography.