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Dr. Paul French

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Paul French

Dr. Paul French received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California at Berkeley and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. After teaching and singing in the Los Angeles area for twelve years, French joined the music faculty at Southern Oregon University in 1990, where he is currently Director of Choral/Vocal Studies and Artistic Director/Conductor for Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.

French has extensive experience as singer, conductor and teacher. Ensembles under his direction have performed to acclaim at prestigious six-state conventions such as the American Choral Directors Association Northwest Convention (1994, 2002), the American Guild of Organists Northwest Convention (1997) and the Oregon Music Educators National Conference (2002). In 2003, French made his National Public Radio debut with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers performing on "West Coast Live" for an estimated one million households nationally and Internationally. In 2006, French conducted the west coast premiere of the Robert Levin completion of Mozart's great "Mass in c minor" and toured Mexico with the SOU Chamber Choir.

Operatic conducting credits include Carmen, La Boheme, La Traviata, and Cosi Fan Tutte, as well as numerous light operetta productions such as Die Fledermaus, Sweeney Todd, and Candide. French has conducted for Rogue Opera, Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, Northwest Bach Ensemble, Chelan Bach Festival, Rogue Music Theatre, and made his Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra debut in a performance of Brahms' "Requiem" in Spring, 2002. He will be music Director for Rogue Opera's performances of Mozart's "Magic Flute" scheduled for May, 2007.

In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, French has adjudicated the Oregon Music Educators National Conference state voice and choir competitions many times, the Oregon National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, as well as MENC sponsored competitions in California and Alaska. He has conducted numerous Honor Choirs and regional All-State Choirs in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Nevada; and served Artistic Director of the SOU/Britt Festival Vocal Arts Institute.

As a tenor soloist, French has performed a varied repertoire from Handel's Messiah, to Vaughan Williams' Mass in G for organizations such as Jefferson Baroque Orchestra and Northwest Bach Ensemble, and at music festivals such as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Chelan Bach Festival.

An accomplished teacher, choral students of Dr. French are conducting throughout the United States and his voice students have consistently developed into accomplished singers, pursuing graduate degrees at some of the nation's leading institutions and winning prestigious voice competitions. French has been published by the Choral Journal; recorded for Oregon Catholic Press, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and is a Past President of ACDA, Oregon.

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William Ferris Chorale : Snowcarols - Christmas Music by William Ferris : 00  1 CD : Paul French :  : 101

William Ferris Chorale : Snowcarols - Christmas Music by William Ferris

Review: Attractive choral works by an important American composer (and choral director). Title track "Snowcarols" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when it was written in 1980. The William Ferris Chorale is one of the finest mid-sized choirs in the nation. The group has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Spoleto Festival, and has given over 175 world, American, and Chicago premieres of important new literature. "The William Ferris Chorale sang beautifully - they had style and a lovely sound - a superb job." - The Washington Post. "For more than three decades the William Ferris Chorale has occupied a special niche in the Chicago area's rich choral music scene. The ensemble has regained its well-remembered form since Paul French became music director. He has infused it with new vitality, new vision, new purpose." - Chicago Tribune

Songlist: The Lord Said to Me, Gentle Mary, Lift Up Your Heads, O Might Gates, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, O Mary of Graces, Long Is Our Winter, Hail Mary, Come, Lord, and Tarry Not, Creator of the Stars of Night, The snow lies thick upon the earth tonight, The snow lay on the ground, In the bleak mid-winter, See amid the winter snow, Christmas Eve

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