Phillip O. Paglialonga has been appointed an assistant professor of music in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Paglialonga is one of 16 new faculty members this fall at the college. This year’s hires enhance existing program strengths and increase the college’s national profile across the arts, humanities, and human and social sciences.

“Faculty excellence is at the heart of Virginia Tech’s ability to succeed,” Dean Elizabeth Spiller said. "I am very pleased to welcome such a gifted and transformative group of scholars, artists, and teachers to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences."

Paglialonga is a clarinetist who performs internationally as both a soloist and as a member of the PEN Trio. He recently released a book, “Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist,” and has been in published in Keynotes Magazine, School Band and Orchestra, The Clarinet, and several other journals.

Paglialonga holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. He will be coaching chamber music and teaching courses in applied clarinet and music theory.