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Paul Conrad

Paul Conrad holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied with Paul Hoffmann, Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer, Matti Hirvonen, and Warren Jones. He was selected twice as the Accompanying Apprentice for Berkshire Choral International and has since joined their faculty for festivals in Sonoma, Asheville, Baltimore, Boston, and Lenox.

Paul was the recipient of the RUGC Aspinall Award, Presser Foundation Award, and the NJ State Governor’s Scholarship. Under the direction of MGSA professor Min Kwon, he performed at Weill Recital Hall as part of a Franz Liszt 200th Anniversary Recital. While an undergraduate, Paul also sang with the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club.

He collaborated extensively with soprano Lori Mirabel as pianist and musical director for several arts productions of the South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race, including abridged versions of Verdi’s Aida and Dvořák’s Rusalka, and Robert Kapilow’s musical adaptations of the Dr. Seuss stories Green Eggs and Ham and Gertrude McFuzz.

Paul is an experienced ballet accompanist and has played for the annual Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland (MI), as well as for classes at MGSA and Princeton Ballet School. He is the choir director and organist at Middlebush Reformed Church in Somerset (NJ), accompanist of the Highland Park Community Chorus, a staff pianist at MGSA, and accompanist of the Rutgers University Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gardner. Recent notable performances include playing and conducting Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with HPCC (May 2019), concerts with the VOCALA chamber ensemble (September 2019), and accompanying RUGC on tours in the UK and the Netherlands (2015), Scandinavia and Estonia (2018), and at the 2020 ACDA Eastern Region Conference in Rochester.