Phil Dikeman says “Good-Bye”

Philip Dikeman says, “Good-bye”

The Musicians of the DSO are sad to announce the departure of Philip Dikeman, Assistant Principal Flute of the DSO since 1992 and Acting Principal Flute since 2010.

In a conversation this past weekend, Phil said, “When I joined the DSO in 1992, I had already played professionally for 5 years. I won my first job overseas soon after earning my Master’s Degree from Yale in 1987. When I was appointed to the Assistant Principal Flute position with the DSO, it was like a dream come true. It was amazing to think I was going to become a member of a major American Symphony Orchestra. I can’t begin to express how proud I was to be a part of this great ensemble. For almost two decades, I have had the pleasure of working with the many amazing and inspiring musicians who make up the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Performing with an orchestra of the caliber of the DSO has been an extreme privilege and I am grateful I could be a part of something so special these past 19 years.”

The same can be said for how the orchestra feels about Philip. Phil is in the prime of his career and his impeccable musicianship, his crystal clear tone zinging to the back of Orchestra Hall and his amazing sense of ensemble will be missed. It will not be easy finding someone to replace Phil.

Philip has accepted a teaching position at Vanderbilt University. He says, “Making the choice to leave the DSO was not an easy one and I spent a lot of time thinking about it before reaching a decision. However, I finally realized that accepting the post at The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University was the right thing for me to do at this point in my life. I’m looking forward to beginning this new phase of my career by focusing on teaching, finding many new outlets for performance, and doing more traveling and playing throughout the United States and abroad. I know that I will miss my colleagues in the DSO very much. The kind of music making that I’ve experienced here is not something to be taken for granted and I will cherish the countless memories I’ve shared with my colleagues. I wish them all the best as they continue the struggle to uphold a level of artistry that is befitting to the Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.”

We understand and support Phil’s move to Vanderbilt and Nashville. Thank you, Phil! We wish you nothing but the best as you pursue your career elsewhere.

—The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra


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