Our Accompanist: Paul Conrad
Paul Conrad, of Maplewood, NJ, received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts under the instruction of Paul Hoffmann. He is in high demand as an accompanist for both soloists and ensembles, and has performed on numerous graduate and undergraduate recitals. Paul was selected twice as Accompanying Apprentice at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, MA, and played for masterclasses with prominent singers and conductors, including Tim LeFebvre, Jerry Blackstone, David Hayes, and Craig Hella Johnson.
Paul was the recipient of many honorable collegiate awards, including 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 sang with the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. His most recent voice teachers include Sahoko Sato, Dennis Blackwell, and Curtis Streetman. Additionally, Paul has studied collaborative piano with Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer and Allison Brewster-Franzetti in the areas of both vocal and instrumental accompanying respectively.
Paul has worked extensively as pianist and musical director in collaboration with soprano Lori Mirabel for Maplewood/South Orange Coalition on Race’s child-friendly operatic productions, including Robert Kapilow’s adaptations on Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and Gertrude McFuzz, as well as Verdi’s Aida and Dvořák’s Rusalka.
Paul is an avid ballet pianist, playing regularly for the Rutgers University Dance Department, Lustig Dance Theatre, and recently at the Cecchetti International Summer School at Hope College, MI. After filling interim positions at various churches over the past few years, Paul has joined the community at Middlebush Reformed Church in Franklin, NJ as organist and pianist. In addition to accompanying the Rutgers University Voorhees Choir under the direction of DMA candidate Hingrid Kujawinski, he is pleased to rejoin his brothers in song and Dr. Patrick Gardner as accompanist for the Rutgers University Glee Club.