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About Philip Pletcher 
Philip Pletcher is a West Michigan pianist, teacher, conductor, actor, composer, arranger and singer who began picking out his favorite tunes on the piano at the age of four. His career has taken him throughout the United States and Canada.

Phil operates a private piano studio, and actively performs both as a soloist and as a collaborative musician with many regional artists. Currently he serves as pianist for the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus and for Temple Emanuel of Grand Rapids. He is the artistic director of the Schubert Male Chorus and conducts the Shir Shalom Jewish Choir. Phil arranges music for and performs with 3 of his colleagues in the POSH4 piano ensemble. He is an avid promoter of piano music for more than two hands and his arrangements for eight pianos have been performed throughout the United States. Phil, also noted for his culinary skills, does cooking shows as an independent consultant for The Pampered Chef. He serves as Chair of the Indoor Classical Division of Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts.

Phil received his BA in Piano Performance and Elementary Education from Bethel University and pursued his graduate studies under Ralph Votapek at Michigan State University. He has been President of the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids and the Michigan Music Association, Music Director of St. Cecilia Music Society, Répétiteur for Opera Grand Rapids and Music Director at Plymouth United Church of Christ and Park Congregational United Church of Christ, Grand Rapids. Phil was pianist and co-Artistic Director of the West Michigan Gay Men's Chorus. He has served on the boards of the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, the Calvin University Artist Series and Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids. He has been a member of the accompanying staff at Grand Valley State University and at Calvin University.

Phil has had many theatre roles with the Lakeshore Arts Alliance in Saugatuck, Michigan, the most recent being Cosmé McMoon in Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins and the dual roles of John Clarke and Lawrence Sugden in Calendar Girls. He has also appeared in several productions of Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids.

Phil holds active membership In the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids, Michigan Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses and the American Choral Directors Association. 

He performs with numerous musicians in the area, and is available either as a soloist or as an ensemble contractor and performer.  

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.