Philip Gehring is Professor Emeritus of Music at Valparaiso University in Indiana. A Pennsylvania native, Gehring earned his B.M. and B.A. at Oberlin College and Conservatory and his M.M. and Ph.D. at Syracuse University. As an organ recitalist under the Phyllis Stringham Concert Management, he has played throughout the United States, in Canada, and in numerous European cities. He was winner of the first prize in the American Guild of Organists national improvisations competition in 1970, and the following year was a finalist in the Harlem (Holland) International Improvisation Competition. A number of his organ and choral compositions have been published.
Gehring has been active in the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and was the founding editor of the Association’s journal, Cross Accent. Since retirement, Gehring has held visiting professorships at Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the University of Iowa, and St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Ind.). He now resides in Oak Park, IL., with his wife Betty and extended family.