Philip Camillo Carli

199 Warwick Avenue

Rochester, New York  14611

(585) 527-9632

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Musicologist, sound recording historian, film scholar, film accompanist, pianist and conductor.




            Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester,

            Rochester, New York.

            Major: Musicology

            Master of Arts degree awarded May 1990

            Ph.D. degree awarded May 2003


            Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

            Major: Music History and Literature

            Minor: Comparative Literature, with emphasis in Film Studies

            (Major field advisor: Dr. Austin Caswell

            Minor field advisor: Professor Harry Geduld)

B.M. degree awarded May 1986




Assistant Professor, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, Spring semester 2004-2005

Developed and taught graduate course in “History and Aesthetics of Recorded Sound” (in collaboration with Professor James Farrington).


Accompanist and Deputy Choral Director, Pittsford Central School District, Pittsford, New York, 1989-1994, 1998-

Accompanies six choral groups, including arranging music and substitute conducting for choruses, bands and orchestras in the district.


Archivist (1994-1996) and Cataloguer (1996-1998), Motion Picture Collections, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 1994-1998

Responsible for scholarly assistance and research in the Motion Picture Department and collaboration on film restorations, including translation and restoration of titles. As Archivist, responsible for the maintenance, inspection, and shipping of all films from the collections to outside venues.  As Cataloguer, responsible for original cataloguing of films in the collections. Also acted as representative of the Motion Picture Department to non-institutional film organizations such as the Society of Cinephiles.


Music Director and Conductor, Flower City Society Orchestra, Rochester, New York, 1993-

Responsible for fifteen-piece orchestra specializing in the performance of nineteenth- and twentieth-century popular music in period style on period instruments.


Accompanist and academic assistant for "Introduction to Silent Film," undergraduate course at the University of Rochester, 1990-

Assist with course schedule development, provide lectures as required, and accompany all films shown as part of class.


Departmental Assistant, Musicology Department, Eastman School of Music

of the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1988-92

Assisted and taught in various courses dealing with musical periods from medieval times to the present.


General Instructor in Palomar College continuing education program, Camp Pendleton, 1982-84

Taught mathematics, English grammar and composition to marines, all much older and larger.




Film orchestral conducting, 1996-

Ongoing tours conducting theatrical and full orchestral performances of scores for Peter Pan and Stella Maris at festivals including the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (2001), the Hamptons International Film Festival (2000), and Il gionate del cinema muto, Pordenone, Italy (1996), and at venues including George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY and Ball State University, Muncie, IN, the Lincoln Center, New York, NY and the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.


Staff film accompanist at George Eastman House, 1989-

Accompany all regularly scheduled silent film presentations at the Museum's Dryden and Peck Curtis Theatres, in addition to acting as liaison between the Motion Picture Department and the musical community at large.


Solo film accompanist, 1976-

Program and accompany film presentations at many U.S. and international venues, including annual duties with Le giornato del cinema muto, Sacile, Italy and  the U.S. film conventions Cinecon, Cinevent, Cinefest, and Cinesation; ongoing film series at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, the NorthEast Historic Film Archive and the Capitol Theater in Rome, NY.






Recording Music and Experiences: J. Louis von der Mehden, Jr., at the New York Studio of the US Phonograph Company”

Paper read at the Association for Recorded Sound Collections National Conference, Cleveland, Ohio,  February  2004.  

Synergy in America's Early Talking Machine Industry: Technological, Commercial, Cultural, and Musical Factors in Band and Orchestral Recordings, 1894-1917 Eastman School of Music dissertation, 2003.


Review of Jacques Offenbach: An Annotated Discography in Five Volumes by Robert L. Folstein. “Edited and available at Redaktion der Bad Emser Hefte in VGDL Bad Ems. Dr. Ulrich Brand, Mühlbachweg 6, D-56357 Berg/Taunus.” Review s published in fall 2000 ARSC Journal.


"Musicology and its Rôle in Film Preservation" in Film History, Winter 1995-96.         


            Selected program notes for Le giornate del cinema muto 13 and 14,

            Pordenone, Italy, 1994 and 1995.


            “Melodrama as Opera: The Lily of Killarney

Paper read at Melodrama: Stage and Screen conference, British Film Institute, London, U.K., July 1992.


"The Daughter of St. Mark: an English 'Grand Opera Seria?'"

            Paper read at regional meeting of the American Musicological

            Society, Rochester, New York, April 1991.





Orchestral score commissioned June 2004 by Turner Classic Movies to accompany Captain Salvation (1925), recorded December 2005 by the Flower City Society Orchestra for broadcast by TCM, first aired April 2005.


Orchestral score commissioned November 1997 by the Mary Pickford Foundation to accompany Stella Maris (1918), recorded February 1998 by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra for video release by Milestone Film and Video.


Orchestral score commissioned by Le giornate del cinema muto for October, 1996 presentation of Peter Pan (1924), recorded June 1999 by the Flower City Society Orchestra for video distribution by Kino International Film and Video.


Synchronized keyboard scores for videotape and broadcast releases of 91 short and feature films by organizations including American Movie Classics, Critics’ Choice Video, Film Preservation Associates, Kino Video, Laughsmith, Milestone Video, and Smithsonian Video, 1993-. A list of these is published at


            Piano performances of Koczwara, Franz: "The Battle of Prague" and

         Mendelssohn, Felix: "Fantaisie on an Irish Air" recorded for inclusion in

            Indiana University Victorian Studies, Fall 1986.