Philip Rice

Philip Rice (b. 1988) is a Northern Michigan-based composer, poet, and community organizer. He holds a DMA from Michigan State University and an MM with distinction from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. In 2015 he was a winner in the American Prize for orchestral composition, and a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards. He has authored two poetry collections and edited the anthology “Thoreau at Mackinac” in 2017. He founded “Voicing Poetry,” a special collaboration with the Michigan State University College of Music and the MSU Center for Poetry in 2014. He currently serves as the Program Director for the Mackinac Arts Council, and sits on the executive boards for Straits Pride and the Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance. He lives on Mackinac Island.


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  • Song of the Earth

  • Ode to Lake Michigan (from the Michigan Recital Project)

  • The Souls of Ancient Bells (MSU Symphony Orchestra)

  • Rouse Simmons, 1912