Paul Conrad holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, where he studied with Paul Hoffmann. He is in high demand as a collaborator with both soloists and ensembles, and was selected twice as Accompanying Apprentice for the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Paul is 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, he sang with the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. Additionally, he studied 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. In addition to his role with the Highland Park Community Chorus, Paul serves as organist and pianist at Middlebush Reformed Church in Franklin, NJ. He is a staff accompanist for the MGSA music department, as well as accompanist for the Rutgers University Glee Club and Voorhees Choir.