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Dr. Harry H. "Chip"


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Harry H. "Chip" Hill, Jr., is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and holds degrees in music from Georgia State University, the University of Michigan, and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hill is currently a Professor of Music at Limestone University where he has taught since 1985. He also served as the clarinet teacher for the South Carolina Governor¹s School for the Arts and Humanities from 2001-2007.

As an artist, Dr. Hill has served as the principal clarinetist of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra since 1985. He is also the founder, coordinator, and principal clarinetist of the Arbor Wind Trio. He has performed with orchestras throughout the southeastern United States and has performed with numerous artists including Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Dinah Shore, Shirley Jones, Tony Bennett, Billy Taylor, and Midori. His clarinet playing has been featured in television commercials for the Lincoln Mercury Corporation and the Ingle¹s Grocery chain.

Since 1997, Dr. Hill has spent four weeks each summer on the clarinet faculty at the Master Works Festival in Winona Lake, IN and has spent two summers doing the same in London and Winchester, England. In August of 2010, he taught master classes at SIAS International University in Xinzheng, People¹s Republic of China where he was also featured as the guest soloist in the first International Music Festival at SIAS. In 2013 he was guest soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Hunan Province in Changsha, People¹s Republic of China.

Dr. Hill is currently a member of the Christian Performing Artists¹ Fellowship, where he also serves as the Chairman on the Board of Directors. Other memberships include the International Clarinet Association and the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Music Educators.

Dr. Hill conducts frequent clinics and master classes for various music programs throughout the southeastern United States. He is a volunteer music minister at his church, and a volunteer assistant scout master for Troop 1 in Spartanburg, SC. He resides in Gaffney, SC with his wife Karen, also a clarinetist and educator, and their three sons.

Professional Accomplishments 

  • Principal clarinet with Asheville Symphony Orchestra
  • Second clarinet with Spartanburg Philharmonic
  • Clarinet Faculty with the MasterWorks Festival
  • Board Chairman for the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship
  • Professor of Music
  • Music Program Manager
  • Emphasis: Music History, Theory, and Clarinet