Piano, Associate Chair of Piano Department – SE Campus


A native of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Paul began playing piano at age 11.  He developed a love for jazz while playing in the jazz band at Bishop McDevitt High School.  After high school Paul continued his education at Messiah College where he achieved a B.S. in Music Education.  During his time there he had opportunities to study and play with Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth and Cyrus Chestnut. 

He went on to pursue an M.M. in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University, where he studied under Reggie Thomas.  During his time there he played with such masters as Rodney Whitaker, Jeff Tain Watts, Etienne Charles, Randy Guilespie, Diego Rivera, Michael Dease, Wes ‘Warm Daddy’ Anderson and Branford Marsalis. 

Performance and Teaching Experience

Paul has participated in three international tours on the continents of Africa, Canada and South America.  He has recorded an album with young trumpeter Anthony Stanco and has toured the all across the United States.  Paul is currently on faculty at the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. and Messiah College in Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. 


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