Philip McNaughton


Photos by Matt Dine


Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, 2017; National Orchestral Institute and Festival, 2019

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I heard about TŌN from a friend and I was interested in how we can aid the evolution of the orchestra.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

I don’t think we will be seeing them in concert halls. Hopefully, we will be seeing them in unconventional settings.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. It was one of the first big orchestral pieces I played.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

 My summers at Greenwood Music Camp. I loved the sense of camaraderie and being able to play music in the beautiful Berkshires.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories?

During a chamber performance, my reed fell on the floor. I didn’t have any option but to pick it up, wipe it on my pants, and continue to play. I heard the audience groan in disgust.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self?

Practice with a tuner.

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Aimee Mann

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

I would want to be a drummer in a rock band.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to and why?

Prague because it’s so beautiful! And there’s lots of beer.

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why?

Diane Keaton, because she’s wild. Alton Brown, because he would make a great meal. And Catherine O’Hara, because I love that scene in Beetlejuice.