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Alfred Music Publishing Announces New Management Team for Suzuki and Summy Catalogs

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, February 18, 2011

As part of a continuing effort to better serve Suzuki teachers, Alfred Music Publishing has announced the new management team for the Suzuki and Summy catalogs. Sharing in the editorial responsibilities will be Dave Black, Bob Phillips, and Pam Phillips.

Dave Black, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, School and Church Publishing, will manage the business aspect of the catalog. Bob Phillips, Director of String Publications, and Pam Phillips, String Production Editor, will manage the acquisition and editorial part of the catalog.

In announcing these changes, Andrew Surmani, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Managing Director of School and Church Publishing said, “We want to take advantage of new opportunities to address the needs of studio teachers who use the best-selling Suzuki materials, and to broaden the availability of these materials to teachers in the schools.”

Percussionist and prolific composer Dave Black has been the recipient of many awards and commissions, including 25 consecutive ASCAP Popular Composer Awards and two GRAMMY® participation/nomination certificates. He is the author or co-author of many best-selling percussion books including the best-selling Alfred’s Drum Method, Alfred’s Beginning Drumset Method, and Sound Innovations for Concert Band. Dave has been with Alfred for 26 years, and currently serves as Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, School and Church Publishing. In that role, he oversees 14 acquisition editors and two production editors, and continues to serve as the Director of Percussion Acquisitions.

Bob Phillips joined Alfred as a composer in 1996 and became a member of the editorial staff (as a string editor) in 2005. In 2010, he became the Director of String Publications. A recognized expert in the use of large-group pedagogy and alternative styles, he has presented clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Bob has authored over 50 books for use in the string classroom including Alfred’s revolutionary new method, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra and Sound Innovations for Concert Band, as well as the ground-breaking Philharmonic series. He is the composer and/or author of over 75 published works for orchestra and band, and is an ASCAP award winner. His conducting resume includes professional, All-state, and youth orchestras.

Pam Phillips worked as a consultant for Alfred beginning in 2005, and became a member of the staff as a String Production Editor in 2007 (also serving as project coordinator for the Sound Innovations method). Pam has a broad background in arts management and production, which had included booking and producing concerts for professional artists and school groups, administering numerous music camps and planning national and international music tours, teaching workshops throughout the country, and presenting at a variety of music conferences. In her role as music producer and editor, she has worked on the production of instructional DVDs and audio CDs, as well as hundreds of orchestra pieces and instructional books. She ran the Saline Fiddlers for eight years and has served as an assistant teacher in the elementary string classroom.

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