Philip Kern is Associate Professor of Music at Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana. He is an instructor of music theory, choral arranging, piano and the history of musical theatre. He also conducts the Marian University Chorale. He received a B.A. in Music Education from Marian in 1979 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Musical Theatre Program at New York University in 1986. While in New York, he played keyboards for CATS, GRAND HOTEL, SOME AMERICANS ABROAD and NUNSENSE. He also served as associate conductor for ANYTHING GOES at Lincoln Center starring Patti LuPone. On the road, Philip has played keyboards for Lloyd Webber's CATS and PHANTOM OF OPERA. During the summers of 1992 and 1994, he was musical director for the HOT SUMMER NIGHTS series at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In collaboration with his wife, Susan, and Jerry Lowe, he has written music and lyrics for Kern and Lowe’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (www.WonderfulLifeMusical.com) Since 1984, Philip has been composing and arranging choral music for Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, and other publishers.