Paul’s primary area of musical endeavor is church music. After singing in professional choirs at Emmanuel Church in Boston and St. Thomas Chapel in New York, he held the positions of Organist and Choirmaster at the First Alliance Church in New York and the First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia, where currently he is Music Director and Organist.
His experience includes virtually all aspects of church music: choral and orchestral conducting, organ and piano performance, and composing and arranging a sizeable body of works for choir, organ, and various instrumental ensembles. Paul is also active in concert music. In addition to organizing and directing chamber choir/orchestra performances in Boston, New York, and Augusta, he has participated as director and performer in various instrumental and choral ensembles, including directing a Christmas performance of the Augusta Symphony.
Another interest of Paul’s is theater music. He has directed, performed, and arranged music for community and school theatrical productions in Boston and Augusta. Finally, Paul has a vital interest in folk music. He maintains an affectionate interest in American jazz and bluegrass music, Middle-Eastern dance music, and traditional Celtic music of the U.K., writing arrangements and performing on several traditional folk instruments.
Paul has published works in several genres. His Three Carols for Trumpets and Organ is published by GIA Publications. His work for choir and solo flute, The Word Became Flesh, is published by Augsburg Fortress Publications. His Greek and Jew for unaccompanied flute is published by Flute World, Inc. Many other of his works are published privately through Paul’s website, Fresh Music All-Star Bands.
Paul was born in Richmond, Virginia and began private piano instruction at the age of 7. He continued musical studies in theory and ear training during high school years at the Cleveland Institute of Music, private study in organ and cello in Boston, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition and conducting at Boston University and the Manhattan School of Music, respectively, and additional conducting study at the Juilliard School. He won composition and arranging contests at both Boston and Harvard Universities during the same year. Paul studied composition with Nicholas Flagello and Vittorio Giannini. His conducting teachers included Hugh Ross and Jean Morel.