Philip Dikeman has joined the Blair School of Music as associate professor of flute. He comes to Blair as acting principal flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and began playing with the DSO as assistant principal flute in 1992. A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Dikeman attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Willoughby and received a bachelor of music in 1985. In 1987, he received a master of music from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Thomas Nyfenger and was named the George Wellington Memorial Scholar for his outstanding musical and academic excellence.
In 1987, Dikeman began his professional career when he was appointed principal flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for five seasons. Prior to joining the DSO, he played principal flute for a short period with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also played guest principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony, and most recently joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its 2010 U.S. Tour as guest associate principal flutist.
Bil Jackson joins the Blair School as associate professor of clarinet. He enjoys a varied musical career that includes solo, orchestral and chamber music appearances. Jackson is the principal clarinetist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony and has performed as principal clarinetist with the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Honolulu symphony orchestras. He also has appeared as a soloist with the Colorado, Honolulu, Denver, Charlotte, Dallas Chamber and Aspen Chamber orchestras.
Jackson was most recently professor of clarinet at the University of Northern Colorado and is on the artist-faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Texas, University of Colorado and Duquesne University. Jackson studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he won the Academy’s Concerto Competition three times and was awarded the gold medal for superlative musicianship upon graduation. He continued his formal study at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus. Jackson is the only player ever to win the International Clarinet Competition twice, and he was a finalist in the Prague International Clarinet Competition.
Brian Utley has been named adjunct associate professor of saxophone at Blair. Previously, he was associate professor of saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. The Owensboro, Ky., native received the doctor of musical arts in saxophone performance, with a minor in music theory, from Louisiana State University. He also holds the master of music from Louisiana State University and the bachelor of music from Murray State University. His primary saxophone teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson.
Utley maintains a highly active performance schedule and has been a featured soloist with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble. He is a regular performer at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and has also performed at conferences of the Texas chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA, the 2003 World Saxophone Congress, the 2006 Conference of the International Clarinet Association, and the 2011 University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival. He also performs in a variety of chamber music settings and is a co-founder of the award-winning Red Stick Saxophone Quartet. He has recorded on the New Tertian Records and Magni Publications labels.