The Montclair Music Studio is proud to introduce Woodwind and Piano Teacher, Philip Engsberg. Currently residing in West Orange, Mr. Engsberg has acquired his Bachelors in Music at the University of North Florida in Jazz Studies and Sax Performance. Phil has also completed his Masters degree in composition and arranging at William Paterson University.
Mr Engsberg believes that his preparation and total concern for the student’s long and short-term progress along with a positive, endearing and practical attitude will make for a long-lasting and beautiful student/teacher relationship.
Getting to Know Phillip…
What brought on your interest in music?
My father was my inspiration to begin playing. I have a very fond memory from my early childhood of my father playing trumpet with a band in his home town in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He is one of my favorite people in the world, and the few times I saw him play are some of my favorite memories. Looking back, the togetherness, and the sounds of music are what brought me in.
When did you start your studies?
I begin playing piano when at about 10 and the saxophone when I began 4th grade. I saw music as a chance to be with my best friends and create something as a team. I continued playing in high school and played bass and sax in a band with my friends for a few years. My undergraduate was in Jazz Saxophone performance at the University of North Florida. I found a love for writing and continued my studies at William Paterson University. Today, I am practicing, writing, and learning as much as possible.
Was your family involved in music?
My father played the trumpet, and my mother would play music around the house from time to time. They had all the brothers (4 in total) take piano lessons until high school. We all still have a deep love for music. It brings us together and gives us something wonderful to share!
Have You Participated in Any Extra Curricular Organizations or music clubs?
Since graduating from WP, I spent 3 years as a part of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, premiering new orchestral works for big band. Co-led by members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, this workshop was a stepping stone in my writing and band leading. I co-lead a 19-piece jazz orchestra called Big Beat. We’ve got spunk that funks and soul that rolls. We’re tighter than taught and we do what we got. www.bigbeatjazz.com
What are other types of instruments in your repertoire?
I play the saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano. I also enjoy songwriting, composition, listening and score studies.
Have you played at other venues?
I have played and performed in clubs and festivals across New Jersey and New York. Restaurants, clubs and pit orchestras are where most of my gigs are. Notably I have had original music premiered at Dizzy’s Club CocaCola in New York.
Any favorite hobbies other than music?
I currently enjoy gardening, yoga, running, hiking, backpacking, poetry, web design, animation, videography, and music production. http://www.philipengsberg.com