Shelley Phillips - Santa Cruz County 2017 Artist of the Year


Musician Shelley Phillips has been named the 2017 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. 

Join us at Samper Hall, Cabrillo College, on Friday, June 2, for a Profile Performance from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for a concert featuring Shelley and friends, including the Teen Celtic Band and Harp Orchestra, the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, and previous Artist of the Year Linda Burman Hall. Admission is FREE to the public; seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis the night of the event. Where should you PARK for the event - click here for a map.   Check out the recent article about Shelley, by Wallace Baine (Santa Cruz Sentinel), HERE!

Shelley Phillips (folk harp, oboe, cor anglais, and flutes) has played with many professional folk musicians in America, Ireland, and the UK. She received her master’s in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has studied Irish and Scottish flute styles, shehnai, dizi, and willow flute. She plays for the Episcopal church, makes bamboo flutes with the English Piper’s Guild, teaches flute making, and directs the Santa Cruz Shape Note Society. She is a member of the Coulter/Phillips Ensemble and the Anjali Quartet, and has toured the world.  

Shelley’s solo albums with Gourd Music include The Fairie Round, Pavane, The Butterfly, and most recently, The Wood Between The Worlds. She has recorded music of the Shakers and produced a benefit album, Verdant Groves, for the Shaker village museums. She also produced a benefit recording of Christmas music for the Community Music School called Mid Earth Rejoices. She collaborated with Rumi translator and poet Coleman Barks and with him made two CDs, What Was Said to the Rose and Five Things to Say

She is director of the Community Music School of Santa Cruz, where she runs Celtic music camps for children and teens, maintains a private studio, and presents concerts and workshops with visiting musicians of the highest caliber. Shelley serves as a board member of the Music of Bhutan Research Center, the American Pipers’ Guild, and Boxwood Flute Festivals.  

2016 Artist of the Year - Shmuel Thaler:
Check out the  Santa Cruz Sentinel article about Shmuel, by Wallace Baine:
Shmuel Thaler's "Profile Performance - A wonderful time was had by all at the Museum of Art and History on May 27, where a crowd of over 250 joined Shmuel for his Profile Performance. In conversation with Wallace Baine, Shmuel talked about his "Photo of the Day" project while previous Photo of the Day images were projected. If you didn't have the chance to attend, here are some photos and a couple of short videos from the event.

Nominations for Artist of the Year

People seeking more information or who wish to nominate someone for Artist of the Year, please click HERE, or call Santa Cruz County Department of Parks at (831) 454-7901 to request a form by mail or fax. Nominated artists will be contacted by Parks staff regarding application details. The Artist of the Year program is sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission and the County of Santa Cruz Department Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services.

Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Phone: (831) 454-7901 •