September 17, 2016
Luther Memorial Church
225 W 10th St


Named “Best Classical Conductor” in 2015 by the Nashville Scene, Kelly Corcoran is a passionate advocate for the robust place of classical music in our lives and the lives of future generations. Corcoran is Artistic Director of Intersection, a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience with concerts for all ages. Corcoran conducted the Nashville Symphony for nine seasons both as Associate Conductor and Director of the Symphony Chorus where she conducted the orchestra in hundreds of performances and was the primary conductor for the education and community engagement concerts. Corcoran founded the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra thirteen years ago and continues to serve on the board.

Corcoran appears regularly as a guest conductor with many major orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, and National Symphonies, often with return engagements. Abroad, Corcoran has appeared with orchestras in Argentina, England, Spain, Mexico and Chile. Corcoran has worked with a range of artists and styles such as Bela Fleck and Amy Grant, film scores in concert, and as a regular conductor with The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tour.

Corcoran attended The Boston Conservatory and Indiana University. Her primary mentors are Leonard Slatkin and Marin Alsop. She also focused on contemporary literature with Pierre Boulez at the Lucerne Festival.

Corcoran cares deeply about equity, our youth and the future of classical music and participated in REAL (Racial Equity in Arts Leadership), Project Music and Leadership Music and is an Advisor for Music Makes Us.


Principal oboist of the Erie Chamber Orchestra since 2013, Hilary Philipp is a freelance musician living in Erie, PA who is also a member of the Butler County Symphony and the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra in Binghamton, NY, as well as the reed trio “Reed ‘em and Weep”. A frequent substitute with the Erie Philharmonic, Ms. Philipp has also played with groups such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Allentown Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

Hilary studied oboe performance with Wayne Rapier at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, and with Fred Cohen at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she completed her Masters in Music degree. While at UMass, Ms. Philipp performed twice as soloist with the University Orchestra, playing the Marcello and Vaughan Williams oboe concertos, but she made her debut as soloist right here in Erie, PA with the Erie Jr. Philharmonic as the 1999 winner of the Eiji Oue concerto competition. Hilary was also the 2008 winner of the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award competition in Boston, MA.

As a child in upstate NY, Hilary chose the oboe at the tender age of 8, in order to join the 4th grade band, inspired by a movie version of The Three Little Pigs, starring Billy Crystal as the third, smart pig, who also played the oboe. Of course, oboe was not an option offered by the school, but her excessively supportive parents found her an oboe and a private teacher, Cheryl Bishkoff, and the rest is history.

Ms. Philipp is on the faculty of Allegheny College, Grove City College, and Mercyhurst University, and teaches privately in Erie. She can be seen most Sunday mornings performing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Millcreek.