Philip Dikeman, 54, was a Renowned Flutist Who Played With Many Orchestras

 04/25/2017 - 19:02

G. PHILIP DIKEMAN, born 16 February 1963, Wayne, MI, succumbed to cancer and died 20 April 2017 at his home in Nashville, TN.  

Philip is survived by his parents George and Agnes Schettenhelm Dikeman of Lodi Twp.; his sister Mary A. (Kevin) Lewis of Albertville, MN; nephew Quintin Elliott and niece Celine Lewis; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues and a host of friends. 

Philip graduated from Saline High School (1981), Oberlin College (1985) and Yale University (1987), after which he was appointed principal flute with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In 1992, he won the position of assistant principal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; in later years, he was acting principal.

In 2011, he won a position at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN as associate professor of flute.  He was a guest flutist with several well-known orchestras, including the Minneapolis Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, LA Philharmonic, and the Nashville Symphony.  Philip resided in Westland, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, and Nashville, TN.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr., Saline, MI on Friday, May 26 at 11am with visitation one hour prior to the service. Donations to benefit flute students may be made to “PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Pl., Nashville, TN 37240 with “In Memory of Philip Dikeman” in the memo. Private burial will take place at Lodi Cemetery, Saline.

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