Philip Kern, MFA
Associate Professor of Music

(317) 955-6108
Steffen Music Center, Room MB8



While in New York earning his Master’s Degree from NYU, Philip Kern played piano and keyboards for several Broadway shows including Cats, Some Americans Abroad, Nunsense, and Grand Hotel.  He served as Associate Conductor for the Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes starring Patti LuPone at Lincoln Center.  On the road, Professor Kern played the national tours of Cats and Phantom of the Opera.  During the summers of 1992 and 1994, he was the musical director for the Hot Summer Nights Program at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.  In collaboration with his wife, Susan, and Jerry Lowe, Professor Kern wrote music and lyrics for It’s a Wonderful Life Musical which has been performed around the U.S. since its premiere at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati in 1998.


  • Marian College, BA Music Education, 1979
  • New York University, MFA Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tisch School of the Arts, 1986

Courses taught

  • MUS 125 Music Theory I
  • MUS 126 Music Theory II
  • MUS 127 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 325 Music Theory III
  • MUS 326 Music Theory IV
  • MUS 328 Instrumental and Choral Arranging
  • MUS 490 Music Seminar



Research interests / portfolio / publications

  • Since 1984, arranger and composer for several choral publishing houses including Alfred, Hal Leonard, and Shawnee Press.

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