Phillip W. Serna


Chicago, IL
Viola da Gamba/ Viol & Double Bass
4 Played at 4 groupmuses!

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In addition to his double bass career as soloist, orchestral performer and chamber musician, Phillip W. Serna has emerged among the nation's leading advocates of the viola da gamba. Co-founding the Chicago-area historical-performance ensembles Black Tulip, New Comma Baroque, the Spirit of Gambo and ViolMedium, he’s appeared across the United States with groups ranging from Burning River Baroque, Les Touches, the Newberry Consort, and others. Holding Masters and Doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, Phillip teaches at Valparaiso University, North Central College, the Music Institute of Chicago and served as assistant director of Illinois' first public-school period-instrument program at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Phillip directs Viols in Our Schools earning him Early Music America's 2010 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in Early Music outreach.

Traditional Repertoire

Lots of music for solo viol! Renaissance/ Baroque/ Classical: Captaine Tobias Hume (1569-1645), Christopher Simpson (1602/1606–1669), John Playford (1623-1686), Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (fl.1640-1690), Carolus Hacquart (ca.1640-ca.1701) Philip Hacquart (1645-1691), Le Sieur Dubuisson (died 1681), Marin Marais (1656-1728), Johannes Schenck (1660-1712), J.S. Bach (1685-1750), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759), Christian Podbielski (1683-1753), Johann Pfeiffer (1697-1761), Johann Gottfried Mente (1698-1760), Johann Christian Hertel (1699-1754), Johann Gottlieb Graun (1702-1771), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788), Carl Friedrich Abel (17231\-1787), Christian Wilhelm Podbielski (1741-1792) 20th Century/ Contemporary: Rudolph Dolmetsch (1906 - 1942), Martha Bishop (b.1937), David Loeb (b.1939), Lynn Gumert (b.1961), Eliza Brown (b.1985), Carlo Diaz




New Comma Baroque

  • Early Music, Historical Performance, Mixed Ensemble, Renaissance, Baroque, Galant, Classical
  • Chicago-area
  • Hasn't played any groupmuses, yet

The Spirit of Gambo - A Chicago Consort of Viols

  • Viol Consort
  • Chicago-area
  • Hasn't played any groupmuses, yet

Black Tulip

  • Early Music, Historical Performance, Mixed Consort, Renaissance, Baroque
  • Chicago-area
  • Hasn't played any groupmuses, yet


  • Early Music, Historical Performance, Viol Consort, Renaissance, Baroque, Galant, Classical, Modern, Contemporary
  • Madison, WI & Chicago-area
  • Hasn't played any groupmuses, yet

Performed groupmuses (4)

Safe and Socially-Distanced Evening of Music

  • Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM
  • East Pilsen, Chicago Chicago, IL
This groupmuse happened about 1 year ago

A Better Brunch

  • Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 12:00 PM
  • Apartment 2

This groupmuse happened almost 4 years ago

A Spring MUSEcal

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 7:00 PM
  • suburb 9 miles of Chicago Oak Park, IL

This groupmuse happened over 5 years ago

Gold Coast Groupmuse!

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 6:00 PM
  • Near North Side, Chicago Chicago, IL

This groupmuse happened about 6 years ago