Music Program Faculty & Staff 





Phil Collins co-founded New Music Works (NMW) in 1979 and has served as the organization’s Artistic Director and Conductor since 1982.

Collins’ chamber and orchestral music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Awards include: First Prize (Air), 1996 International Clarinet Society Composition Competition; First Prize (Sappho Songs), 1994 L’ARCIM Festival in Montreal; The Gail Rich Award; and Dramalogue Award for Best Musical Direction (Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz).

As a lecturer, Collins has been hosted by the Asian Pacific Festival (Wellington New Zealand), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the American Composers Forum, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and De Anza College.

Collins’ studied composition with Lou Harrison, Henry Onderdonk, and Edwin Dugger; conducting under Nicole Paiement at UC Santa Cruz.—


  • Bachelors in music composition (San Francisco State University)
  • Masters in conducting (UC Santa Cruz). From 1982-1992
  • Collins wrote classical music and theatre columns for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose Metro, and a variety of Monterey Bay Area publications.

Philip Collins