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About Philip Kettler


Cello, chamber music, orchestral conducting

Professional Experience

Philip Kettler is the newly appointed Principal Cellist of the Boise Philharmonic. A passionate chamber musician and teacher, he also serves as the cellist of the Langroise Trio and Lecturer/Artist-in-Residence at The College of Idaho. He began these positions after three seasons with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, where he served as Second Cellist and the orchestra’s youngest member. Philip also regularly performs with the Indianapolis Symphony and Sarasota Orchestra, and has acted as the Solo Cellist of the Renegade Opera Company in Portland, Oregon. He has also held principal positions in orchestras including the Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, among others. In recent seasons, Philip has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at the Chevy Chase Concert Series (Washington, DC), Blair Concert Series (Nashville, TN), Concerts at Bradley Hills (Bethesda, MD), and Chamber Music Evergreen (Evergreen, CO). In the summer, Philip is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and has spent previous summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra and at the music festivals of Aspen, Bowdoin, and Aix-en-Provence (France). Philip is regularly invited to serve as an adjudicator and clinician for competitions and festivals throughout the Northwest and Mountain West.


  • Doctor of Music candidate, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Master of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Performance Certificate, Conservatorium van Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Bachelor of Music, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music