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Cats in the Kitchen

A three-movement work for oboe, flute, meows, purrs, cups and saucers, cracking eggs, hot skillets – everything PLUS the kitchen “sync.”  Commissioned by Western Kentucky University for Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner.  2007 premieres by Michele Fiala and Heidi Pintner in Bowling Green, Kentucky and Logan, Utah.  Recording coming in late 2007.


Handcuffs, metal detectors and slamming cell doors are striking musical instruments, and incarcerated teenagers are the streetwise chorus, in this three-movement techno tone poem for violin, oboe, guitar and bass. Commissioned by Meet The Composer’s New Residencies with additional support from the Utah Arts Council.  Recording coming in 2007-2008.

Look and listen at the Lockdown! webpage.

Red Rock Rondo    

Ghosts in Grafton, pretty quilts in Rockville and moonlight sonatas in Springdale.  A cycle of songs celebrating the history and contemporary life of Zion National Park and its neighboring communities.  Scored for guitars, mandolins, banjo, fiddle, mandocello, harmonica, button accordion, oboe, English horn, upright bass and vocals. Commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum Continental Harmony program. CD and possible DVD coming in 2007-2008.

Look and listen at the Red Rock Rondo webpage.

blue haiku

Chamber folk ensemble, performing original songs at the confluence of alternative pop and modern folk. Oboe, English horn, violin, guitar, upright bass and vocals join in classically nuanced interplay with elements of improvisation. See blue haiku.

Visiting Composer Programs

Phillip speaks to schools, groups, and organizations about creativity, his own music and new music by other composers.


Phillip has written articles and essays, on both political and musical subjects, for newspapers, magazines, journals, books and webzines, such as The Trick of Retreating for NewMusicBox.

Community Speeches/Panels/Presentations

Based on his two terms as mayor, Phillip Bimstein speaks to groups and organizations on community planning, building community partnerships, the beneficial effects of environmental protection on a community's economy and quality of life, and the role of the arts in creating social capital.

Past presentations include:

  • AARP of Utah
  • Alta Community Enrichment's "Community Conversations"
  • Bureau of Land Management - Utah Management Team
  • Central Utah Water Conservancy Board
  • Coalition for Utah's Future
  • The Conservation Fund: “Gateway Communities: Keys to Success”
  • Denali National Park, "Designing for Community"
  • Environment 2000, Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Great Old Broads for Wilderness
  • National Endowment for the Arts' "The American Canvas"
  • National Park Service's River, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
  • Nevada Arts Council
  • Sierra Leadership Council
  • Utah Arts Council
  • US Department of Transportation
  • Utah Parks & Recreation Association
  • Utah Rural Summit
  • Utah Travel Council
  • Yellowstone National Park: "Development at the Doorsteps of America's Public Lands: How Planning Can Shape a Better Future"
  • Western States Tourism Policy Council's: "Beyond the Boundaries: Building Gateway Partnerships for the 21st Century"
  • The Wilderness Society