Margaret Phillips joined the Conservatory in 2014 as an instructor of bassoon and contrabassoon. In addition to private lessons, she also teaches reed making, holds a bassoon studio class, and coaches woodwind chamber music ensembles.
Phillips has been a highly sought-after freelance bassoonist and contrabassoonist in Boston and the New England area for over 25 years. She has performed with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops since 1992 and has traveled extensively with both, performing under some of the world's finest conductors. As a performer with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Phillips has premiered and recorded hundreds of new orchestral works, including Grammy-nominated performances. She is a member of the Boston Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Odyssey Opera of Boston. Her award-winning chamber group, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, is well reviewed for its programming and polished performances. She has also performed in Equity Theatre and recorded with artists as diverse as Phish's Trey Anastasio and Danilo Pérez.
Phillips received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied bassoon with L. Hugh Cooper and contrabassoon with Lyell Lindsey of the Detroit Symphony. She studied in Amsterdam with renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra contrabassoonist Guus Drall. Phillips went on to receive her master's degree from Boston University, where she studied with Boston Symphony assistant principal bassoonist Matthew Ruggiero and contrabassoonist Richard Plaster.
In addition to her position at Boston Conservatory, Phillips is also on the faculty at Berklee College of Music and Boston University.