The Berklee College of Music has announced that Philip Lima will be the assistant chair of the Voice Department.
Lima is a baritone who has performed in a number of U.S. companies, in addition to making a career in Germany. In addition to singing opera, he has also been a champion of jazz. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops and over 60 orchestras. He joined Berklee in 2006 in a number of capacities. Among his many positions with the institution was principal advisor for the design and delivery of Berklee’s employee benefits programs.
“It’s so great to be with ‘my tribe’ of singers, and what remarkable singers–both faculty and students–they are. I appreciate the out-of-the-box decision-making of college leaders to let a central administrator move into academic leadership,” said Lima in a press release. “While similar moves have occurred previously, the path is not well-worn. Thanks for taking a chance on me (yes, ABBA pun intended).”
Check out this clip of his singing an aria by Verdi.