PHILLIP KLOECKNER has distinguished himself as a multifaceted musician. At the organ, piano, and harpsichord, as a soloist, accompanist, and continuo player, he has established a successful and admired career as a keyboard musician. His concerts and recitals have been heard in numerous live performances and radio broadcasts throughout North and South America, and in Europe. He has also been conducting professional and amateur choirs for more than twenty-five years.
Dr. Kloeckner grew up in Vermont and began his career as a church musician at the age of thirteen. After winning numerous competitions, prizes, and awards throughout high school, he earned undergraduate degrees at Swarthmore College and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ performance as a student of Clyde Holloway at The Shepherd School of Music of Rice University in Houston, Texas, where his duties include teaching secondary and non-major organ lessons and courses in music theory, ear training, keyboard skills, and church music.
As the result of his teaching experience, his first book, Functional Hearing: A Contextual Method for Ear Training, written with Arthur Gottschalk, was published in April of 1997. Dr. Kloeckner's interest and research in the field of nineteenth-century organs lead him to the first comprehensive study of these instruments in Perú: Nineteenth-Century Organs in Perú and the Special Case of Innocente Foglia (2001). With the assistance of Hans van Gemert, he was able to document and publish for the first time the locations and specifications of several significant instruments that had been heretofore unknown, including three built by Aristide Cavaillè-Coll between 1850 and 1880. Dr. Kloeckner is currently serving as a consultant to the Cabildo of the Lima Cathedral in planning the restoration of the 1855 Loret (Belgian) organ in that cathedral.
Presently in his fourteenth year as Organist and Director of Music at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, he has developed an esteemed choral music program, comprised of four choirs, that currently involve more than fifteen per cent of the congregation. He serves as the artistic advisor for Saint Timothy's Arts and Recital Series (S.T.A.R.S.), which, since 1990, has brought performers from around the world to Lake Jackson as a cultural offering to the Texas Gulf Coast community. Dr. Kloeckner is a member of the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.
In 2003, he was appointed Artistic Director of the United Nations Association International Choir, which is now in its fifth season.