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Phillip Bimstein

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After majoring in music theory and composition at the Chicago Conservatory of Music, in the 1980s Bimstein led the new wave band Phil ‘N’ the Blanks, whose three albums and six videos were featured on college radio and MTV. After further studies at UCLA in composition, orchestration, and conducting, he moved to southern Utah.

Bimstein has served two terms as Mayor of Springdale, Utah, where he currently resides. As Mayor, he was an outspoken advocate for protection of the environment and he has testified twice before Congress in support of Utah’s wilderness. Bimstein has served as chair of the Utah Humanities Council, chair of the art and humanities residency center The MESA, vice-president of the American Music Center in New York, and is profiled in Who’s Who in America. He is a frequent guest speaker on creativity, community, and collaboration. He has been described by Outside Magazine as “America’s only all-natural politician-composer.” In a 1997 feature article PARADE magazine called Bimstein, “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town.”

As a composer, Bimstein has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, and Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica. His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Bang on a Can Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and London’s Royal Opera House.

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