C. Paul Heins
Location: District of Columbia, USA
C. Paul Heins is the assistant conductor for the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC and the Washington Master Chorale and the accompanist for the Washington Men’s Camerata. He is also a frequent freelance pianist and flutist around the Washington, DC area. In Fall 2014, Paul served as interim conductor of the Choir and the Women's Chorus at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He is the past music director of the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington and the Georgetown University Concert Choir. At Georgetown, Paul also served as music director for the university’s musical theater and opera productions and taught undergraduate courses including Diatonic Harmony.
In 2014, Paul completed his DMA in choral conducting at the University of Maryland, where he studied with Edward Maclary. At Maryland, Paul’s conducting responsibilities included Summer Chorus, Chamber Singers, Opera Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and the Bach Cantata series. He also taught several sections of undergraduate conducting. For his dissertation project, Paul assembled and rehearsed a 65-member ensemble for two performances of Lukas Foss's 1942 cantata The Prairie, which he conducted in early spring 2014. A major component of Paul's dissertation is the reconciliation of inconsistencies between the conductor's score and orchestral parts for this neglected masterpiece.
Paul earned his B.Mus. from Bowling Green State University and his M.Mus. from the University of Maryland. Past teachers have included Victoria Harris & Virginia Marks (piano), Judith Bentley & William Montgomery (flute), and Mark Kelly & Patrick Walders (conducting). [Spring 2015]