Phillip J. Klepacki is the Assistant Director for Distance Education for the College of Fine Arts, overseeing active and upcoming degree and certificate programs offered through online education. He also serves as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Music, and is an experienced instructor in the classroom and online. He was chosen to develop and teach the online Introduction to Music Literature course through the Provost E-Learning Initiative, and in 2010 was named an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Currently a doctoral candidate and past fellow in Historical Musicology at UF, Phillip is writing his dissertation on the art song cycles of American composer David Del Tredici, under the guidance of Professor Emeritus David Z. Kushner. His research interests include conducting, twentieth and twenty-first century music, queer musicology, popular musicology, and literary theory. Also an active conductor, Phillip is the Associate Conductor for the Gainesville Civic Chorus (GCC), conductor of The Choristers (the GCC chamber choir), and Music Director at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Newberry (FL).
Phillip earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from The Florida State University, and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Florida. His professional affiliations include the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the American Musicological Society, for which he serves as a board member for the AMS LGBTQ Study Group. He has published articles on Steve Reich and Suzanne Vega in the Salem Press volume Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (2009), and an article on Bing Crosby in Salem's The Twenties in America is forthcoming.
An avid musical theater enthusiast, Phillip has worked with the Gainesville Community Playhouse (GCP) and Stagedoor Theater Arts Resource (STAR) Center as music/vocal director and principal pianist on a number of shows, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The King and I, The Wizard of Oz, and Once On This Island, for which he received the GCP's "Golden Apple" award for Outstanding Musical Direction.