Philip’s passion for music was revealed while he was quite young. Even though he played the Cello and Suzuki Violin his main instrument became the piano. He began taking piano lessons at Townsend Piano School at age five. At age sixteen, he received a fellowship from the University of Missouri-Columbia to study gospel music for a semester. In addition, he has two years of gospel piano and a year of jazz piano training. Although, he enjoys most genres of music, most of his formal training and study has been in classical music.
Philip developed a passion for choral music after being an active member of all choral programs at Crestview Middle and Marquette High Schools. He is the founder of the Marquette High School Gospel Choir, and was the president and director of the Saint Louis University Gospel Choir for five years. He began playing the piano at his father’s church at age nine and is presently the choir director of the adult choir and the pianist for the church.
Along with his work with choral music at church and at school, Philip developed a niche in Musical Theatre. Philip has been the accompanist for several shows around the Saint Louis area such as The Children’s Workshop Theatre’s productions of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Annie; Spotlight Theatre Company’s productions of Oliver, West Side Story, and Jeykll and Hyde. He was the accompanist for Marquette High School’s productions of Guys and Dolls, Grease, Joseph, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, The King and I, and Bye Bye Birdie. He had the opportunity of traveling with the Bye Bye Birdie cast and crew to the 2004 International Thespian Society Conference in Joplin, Missouri where the show was performed for high school theatre companies from around the state of Missouri. In the fall of 2005 he had the honor of vocal directing his first musical for Marquette High School, Aida, and also in 2005 was the Assistant Vocal Director & Accompanist at the McClure High School Theatre Company’s production of Evita which was performed at 2005 International Thespian Society Conference in Joplin, Missouri. In recent years he has vocal directed Sweeny Todd and West Side Story for McClure High School and was the pit director for Guys and Dolls and High School Musical for Marquette High School. Philip has also worked on many other productions for Marquette and McClure such as Peter Pan, Christmas Carol, Fame, Urinetown, Bat Boy, Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Into the Woods. He had the honor of traveling with the cast and crew of Into the Woods to the 2012 ITS Conference in St. Louis, MO.
Philip also developed a passion for singing early in life. He continued vocal training at Saint Louis University under the direction of Dr. Jeral B. Becker and became a member of the Saint Louis University Mastersingers. He performed the role of Raphel in The Creation, King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and held the lead role of Elijah in Elijah. He was a member of the chorus and understudy for King Balthazar in LyriCo Opera Company’s 2004 production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. He was a member of the Saint Louis American Kantorei Choir, a prestigious group that performs many classical works around the city of Saint Louis under the direction of Dr. Robert Bergt from 2005-2007. During the Fall Concert Series of the American Kantorei Philip sang the Soprano and Bass duet Herr dein Mit leid from the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach. During his masters he studied with Rosemarie Calandro at Webster University and during his PhD Philip studied with Steven Tharp at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Philip received his BS/BA in Business Marketing and Music Vocal Performance from Saint Louis University in 2005 and Masters in Music Education from Webster University in 2010. He presently is working on his PhD in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Philip’s research interests are in the changing voice and the middle school singing experience.
In 2005 Philip received the Vocal Music Position at Ferguson and Berkeley Middle Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and in 2006 he accepted the Vocal Music Teaching Position at Crestview Middle School in the Rockwood School District where he is currently teaching. He began working for the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in 1999 as an accompanist for various summer music theatre camps. He has been an accompanist for COCA’s 2001 summer production of Into the Woods Junior and 2004 spring production at Rossman School of Honk Junior . He was the vocal director and accompanist for COCA’s summer productions of The Boyfriend, Annie Jr,, Once on This Island, Seussical the Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, the Saint Louis non-equity premier of Legally Blonde, and the Missouri State premier of In the Heights. In the summer 2014 Woodmore will play the role of Coalhouse Walker in COCA 10th Anniversary Production of Ragtime. In 2007 he received the position as Coordinator of Voice at COCA and is currently in charge of COCA’s voice program. In 2010 he was named director the Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department Choir.
Philip is thankful for the many musical opportunities he has been afforded and honored to be working with such talented musicians.