Sharon J. Paul

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Robert M. Trotter Chair of Music
Director of Choral Studies
127 Frohnmayer Music Building
DMA 1984, Choral Conducting, Stanford University
MFA 1981, Conducting, University of California, Los Angeles
BA 1978, Music, Pomona College

Sharon J. Paul is Professor of Music, Chair of Vocal and Choral Studies, and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oregon, where she teaches graduate courses in choral conducting, repertoire, and pedagogy, and conducts the Chamber Choir and University Singers.

From 1984 to 1992, Dr. Paul served as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Chico, where she directed a large choral program and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and the humanities. In 1991 Dr. Paul received the Outstanding Teacher Award at CSU, Chico.

Dr. Paul served as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus and conductor of Chorissima and Virtuose, the organization’s acclaimed performance ensembles, from 1992 to July 2000. Under her leadership, the chorus released four compact discs, premiered major works by composers such as Chen Yi and Jake Heggie, represented the United States at four international festivals, and performed at the California Music Educators Association’s state conference, the American Choral Directors Association’s Western Division conference, and the International Society for Music Education’s international conference.

Dr. Paul appeared on screen with members of Chorissima in the film What Dreams May Come, and conducted SFGC singers for the soundtrack of The Talented Mr. Ripley. In June 2000 the SFGC was the first youth chorus to win the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence, a national honor presented by Chorus America. In the same year they were also awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Dr. Paul has presented interest sessions at regional, state, division, national, and international music conferences. She appears frequently as adjudicator, clinician, and honor choir director throughout the country, with recent engagements in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, California, and Hawaii. University of Oregon choirs under her direction have performed at the National Association for Music Education’s state and divisional conferences, and at ACDA Northwestern Division conferences.

The University of Oregon Chamber Choir, under Paul’s direction, has garnered international acclaim in recent years, winning First Prize at the 2013 Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at the Cork International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland, and taking top honors in two categories at the 2011 Tallinn International Choral Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. 
In May 2015, the UO Chamber Choir was one of ten choirs worldwide invited to compete at the 14th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, Germany, where the ensemble received second prize overall, won a special prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory work, and was the only student group to achieve a Level I recognition for an “excellent performance at the international level.” 
In 2014 the Chamber Choir became a resident ensemble at the Oregon Bach Festival, performing each summer under the direction of Helmuth Rilling and Matthew Halls. 
In Fall 2014 Dr. Paul received a University of Oregon Fund for Faculty Excellence Award.


Selected Discography: 
  • Crossroads ~ Conductor: Sharon J. Paul; Performer: San Francisco Girls Chorus's concert touring ensemble, Chorissima, et al. November 8, 2000 Audio CD / Number of Discs: 1
  • Music From The Venetian Ospedali / Paul, SF Girls Chorus ~ Conductor: Sharon J. Paul; Performer(s): Antonio Vivaldi, Giovanni Porta, Nicola Porpora, Francesco Brusa September 28, 1998 Audio CD
  • A San Francisco Christmas ~ Conductor: Sharon J. Paul; Performer(s): San Francisco Girls Choir October 6, 1996 Audio CD
  • I Never Saw Another Butterfly; Songs of the Twentieth Century ~ Conductor: Sharon J. Paul; Performer: San Francisco Girls Chorus. June 1, 1996 Audio CD / Number of Discs: 1