Mr. Phillips is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan, where he studied with Derek Weller. He went on to study with Jack Budrow (Michigan State University) and Orin O’Brien (New York Philharmonic) at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. In the fall of 2013 Mr. Phillips accepted a teaching assistantship as a doctoral candidate under James VanDemark, Eastman School of Music. Mr. Phillips was a prize winner at the International Society of Bassist competition in 2005.
Mr. Phillips currently holds teaching positions at Binghamton University, Hartwick College, and the Eastman Community Music School. Mr. Phillips is a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic, Tri-City Opera, and has accepted a one-year position with Symphoria.
When he is not playing the bass Spencer is an avid hockey fan, deadly snooker player and was a volunteer fireman for the Brooktondale Fire Department, NY.