New Jersey-based Paul Conrad 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 as a staff pianist at MGSA. Paul was selected twice as accompanying apprentice at Berkshire Choral International, where he played masterclasses with prominent singers and conductors, including Tim LeFebvre, Jerry Blackstone, David Hayes, and Craig Hella Johnson.
Paul is the recipient of many honorable collegiate awards, including the RUGC Aspinall Award, Presser Foundation Award, Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize, 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. Paul sang with and now accompanies the Rutgers University Glee Club, the school's internationally acclaimed male vocal ensemble, conducted by Dr. Patrick Gardner.
Paul is currently pursuing a Master of Music in collaborative piano at MGSA with Barbara Gonzalez-Palmer and has had additional coaching with Allison Brewster-Franzetti in the areas of both vocal and instrumental accompanying. He has worked extensively as pianist and musical director in collaboration with soprano Lori Mirabel for the Maplewood/South Orange Coalition on Race’s child-friendly operatic productions, including Robert Kapilow’s adaptations of Dr. Seuss’s “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 (New Brunswick, NJ), and annually at the Cecchetti International Summer School at Hope College, MI. Paul is also the accompanist for the Highland Park Community Chorus under the direction of Benjamin Berman and serves as organist and pianist at Middlebush Reformed Church in Franklin, NJ.
Originally a Berkshire Scholar at BCI, Paul returns for his fourth season as accompanist in Sonoma.