Phillip Kloeckner


Lecturer in Music and Associate for Organ Studies at Rockefeller Chapel


DMA, Rice University, 2002


Office: Goodspeed Hall 111
Phone: (773) 702-9847


Phillip Kloeckner began his tenure as the coordinator of the graduate practical musicianship program at the University of Chicago in 2012.  He teaches undergraduate musicianship and serves as Associate for Organ Studies at Rockefeller Chapel, teaching organ performance to a studio of six students.

Phillip maintains a profound commitment to teaching and mentoring developing musicians. He comes to the University of Chicago after completing ten years on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, where he taught in a wide variety of applied and non-applied contexts: organ, music theory, aural skills, figured bass and continuo, keyboard skills, score reading, and courses in church music.  The second edition of his textbook, FUNCTIONAL HEARING: A Contextual Method for Ear Training, written with Arthur Gottschalk, will be released in 2014.  His interest and research in the realm of nineteenth-century organs lead him to the first comprehensive study of these instruments in Perú: Nineteenth-Century Organs in Perú and the Special Case of Innocente Foglia (2001). With the assistance of Hans van Gemert, he was able to document and publish for the first time the locations and specifications of several significant instruments that had been heretofore unknown, including three built by Aristide Cavaillè-Coll between 1850 and 1880. An article describing the highlights of this work appears in the December 2009 issue of THE AMERICAN ORGANIST.  Dr. Kloeckner is currently serving as the consultant for the renovation of the 1855 Belgian organ in the cathedral of Lima.

The breadth and depth of his performing experience at the organ and harpsichord are represented by numerous critically praised appearances in Europe, Central and South America, and in the United States. He has been a featured performer for the American Musicological Society (1998 and 2011), Society for Seventeenth-Century Music (2010), and the American Philosophical Society (2009). He has collaborated with the admired American soprano Cynthia Clayton in a program of American sacred songs from the twentieth century, with the late Sergiu Luca and the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, the Mexican guitarist Juan Carlos Aguilar, the Shepherd School Brass Ensemble, and with Mercury Baroque Ensemble. Both his live and recorded performances have been heard locally and nationally on National Public Radio. Played on the landmark Fisk-Rosales organ at Rice University, his first CD of solo organ literature, EXOTIC VARIATIONS, will appear in 2013.

From 2003 through 2012, Dr. Kloeckner was the artistic director of the 100-voice United Nations Association International Choir, establishing the ensemble as an important part of Houston's cultural fabric by collaborating with a refreshing array of local soloists and ensembles representing the great indigenous musical traditions of the world. Highlights of his tenure with the UNAIC include the North American premiere of Melchor Tapia's St. Luke Passion, the Houston premiere of César Franck's Seven Last Words, and the first Houston performance in twenty-five years of Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service, with Grammy-Award winning bass baritone Mark S. Doss in the role of the cantor. For the tenth anniversary of the Choir, he commissioned Jan Gilbert's That the Dove May Rest, featuring Space City Gamelan and mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala singing the poetry of Uruguayan poet Sara de Ibáñez.

Furthermore, Dr. Kloeckner has had the opportunity to commission and/or perform the premieres of numerous works for organ, instruments, and voices by composers Gerre Hancock, Ann Gebuhr, Arthur Gottschalk, Carlyle Sharpe, Geoffrey Nytch, and Katharine O'Connell.

An adjudicator in organ competitions and a sought-after leader of workshops and retreats on subjects ranging from organs, organ playing, and organ literature to a wide variety of topics in church music and liturgies, Dr. Kloeckner served for almost twenty years on the Music Commission of the Diocese of Texas. For twenty-six years, he served with distinction as organist/choirmaster of Episcopal congregations in Pearland, Lake Jackson, and Houston, Texas.