Nashville, Tennesse USA
On April 20, 2017 we lost one of our brightest lights, Philip Dikeman. He passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was an accomplished musician, pedagogue and leader in the flute community. For those of us who knew Phil, his sense of humor and infectious laugh will ring in our ears whenever we think of him.
Philip Dikeman, Associate Professor of Flute at The Blair School of Music, was a member of Detroit Symphony Orchestra for almost 20 years. During his tenure with the DSO, he held the position of Assistant Principal Flute, as well as Acting Principal Flute for his final two seasons. He also appeared as concerto soloist with the DSO on numerous occasions and took part in various tours to Europe, Asia, Florida, The Hollywood Bowl, and Carnegie Hall.
Dikeman attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Willoughby and received his Bachelor of Music. He received his Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, studying with Thomas Nyfenger. He was named the George Wellington Memorial Scholar for his outstanding musical and academic excellence upon completion of his degree at Yale University.
Immediately after graduation, Philip 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 Detroit Symphony in the fall of 1992, he played Principal Flute for a short time with the San Antonio Symphony. He has also played Guest Principal Flute with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. He also joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its 2010 U.S Tour as Guest Associate Principal Flutist, playing under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. In August of 2012, he played again with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl for a concert with Placido Domingo.
In competition, Mr. Dikeman holds the distinction of having won first prize in both the National Flute Association’s (NFA) Young Artist and Orchestral Audition Competitions.
In chamber music, Mr. Dikeman was a member of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings for 18 seasons. His performances with DCWS included regular appearances on their subscription series, as well as numerous tours including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Lucerne, Switzerland. He has also been a featured performer for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival on numerous occasions since 1994. He has made recital and masterclass appearances throughout the United States including Los Angeles, Boston, and Interlochen.
In March of 2012, he was the special Guest Artist at the invitation of the Chicago Flute Club, presenting both a recital and masterclass. In May, he visited the Cleveland Institute of Music and gave masterclasses for both the College and Pre-College flute students. During the summer of 2012, he joined the faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp as a Valade Fellow, Instructor of Flute.
In August 2014, Dikeman was the Program Chair for the National Flute Association’s Convention, held in Chicago, Illinois.