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Phil Schurger



What do you love about music?
Music is a means of communication between diverse groups of people. Music brings together people and communities in a way that is incredibly unique.

Who is your favorite artist?
Jerry Garcia

What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Without a Net – Grateful Dead
Zero Hour – Astor Piazzolla
The Next Step – Kurt Rosenwinkel
Debussy Piano Works – Claude Debussy
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane

Do you play in a band or currently perform?
Phil currently plays with his jazz quartet, based out of Chicago, and his improvisational rock band, the Sun Gate.



Phil Schurger has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Northern Illinois University. He is a professor at the University of Saint Francis, where he teaches music theory, ear training, piano, guitar, jazz ensemble, and electronic music ensemble. Since the age of 17, Phil has played professionally throughout the United States and Europe, sharing the stage with artists including Fareed Haque, Ravi Coltrane, Greg Ward, Nick Roth (Yurodny Ensemble), and Bolokada Conde. In 2018, he signed with the Chicago-based ears&eyes label, releasing his album Echoes of the Ancestors, which received airplay in North and South America and in Europe. The internationally recognized jazz magazine Jazziz has reviewed his work. Phil teaches students of all levels and is comfortable with all levels of players. He enjoys exploring many musical styles with his pupils. Let Phil bring his enthusiasm for teaching and vast musical experience to your lessons!