2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference 2022 Colorado Music Educators Association Conference

Columbine High School - Columbine Blue

- MST
Broadmoor Hall B

Phil Newland
Columbine High School, Vocal Music, Beginning Guitar, Adaptive Music, and AP Music Theory

Phil Newland is a Colorado native, born in Ft. Collins Colorado. At the age of 1, Phil’s parents (against his wishes) moved the family to rural Nebraska, where he attended Banner County Schools grades K-12. His graduating class was the same as his Kindergarten class, all 13 of them. Phil attended the University of Wyoming, earning his B.M.Ed in 2004, and completed his M.M.Ed coursework in 2011.

Phil is in his 3rd year teaching Vocal Music, Beginning Guitar, Adaptive Music, and AP Music Theory at Columbine High School. Before finding his “forever home”, Phil taught at Jefferson Jr./Sr. High School in Jeffco, Mesa Middle School in Douglas County, and Thunderridge Middle School in the Cherry Creek school district. He started his teaching career at Cheyenne East High School, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Phil is an active clinician and adjudicator in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, adjudicating large ensembles as well as solo work, and directing elementary, middle, and high school honor choirs. In 2020, Phil presented for CMEA and WMEA on the topic of music inclusion at the secondary level for SSN and Special Education students. 


Presider - Scott Christy, Principal, Columbine High School

Concert Host - Andrew Watson, VMC District 4 Representative