Born in Belmont, Port of Spain in the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago, Earl Mentor Phillip is a trained opera singer and has performed in musical plays and theaters and with symphony orchestras. Phillip's voice training has been in the classic mode and his extensive repertoire includes German, French, Italian as well as English material which include Gospel and Negro spirituals. As a concert vocalist and baritone, Phillip has performed throughout most of the United States and Caribbean.
Phillip's performances around the world have earned him rave reviews in such well known productions as: The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Porgy and Bess and the Magic Flute.
He has performed with the New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Montclair Chamber Orchestra and the Morristown Chamber Players. Phillip studied at Montclair State University as well as with teachers and coaches from the New York City Opera such as Edward Pierson, James Wilson and Jerry Brown, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony.
Among his awards are first place in the North American Guild Voice Competition, African-American Singer of the Year in 1986, first runner-up in the Metropolitan Opera Regional and Outstanding Young Vocalist of New jersey.
Phillip has conducted several Master Classes and Workshops at several universities across the United States and for children as well. He is a lively clinician, his quick sense of humor and self-deprecating manner are most-winning. He is a fine teacher with vivid insight.
Phillip is a great story teller and his presentations are thought provoking and he is a delightful performer.
"My involvement in the arts has been a constant learning process. . . I thoroughly research each piece that I perform, so that I can help the audience to relate, by telling them about the time and ideas the piece conveys."
West Indian Baritone
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1. Christ Was Born On Christmas Day
2. Oh Christmas Tree
3. Ding Dong Merrily On High
4. Deck the Halls
5. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day
6. Good Christian Men Rejoice
7. Away in a Manger
8. I Saw Three Ships
9. Jolly Old St Nickolas
10. O Come All Ye Faithfull
11. Good King Wenceslas
12. Rise Sheppard
13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
14. What Child Is This
15. Silent Nigh