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Paul Hindemith

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Office

230 Fine Arts

Phone

816.744.0404 (cell)

Joined Northwest in 2022


Assistant Professor

Vocal Music


Education

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Vocal Performance), University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2009
  • Master of Music (Voice / Opera Performance), University of Maryland – College Park, 2004
  • Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance), summa cum laude with honors in the liberal arts, Southern Methodist University, 1999

Courses Taught

  • MUS 19-155 & 355 Applied Voice
  • MUS 19-171 Beginning Ear Training and Sight Singing
  • MUS 19-172 Intermediate Ear Training and Sight Singing
  • MUS 19-275 Vocal Methods for Non-Vocal Majors
  • MUS 19-385 Music Literature: Antiquity to the Renaissance

Academic Interests

  • Performance, Music Direction, and Stage Direction of Opera and Musical Theatre
  • Evidence-Based Voice Pedagogy
  • Intersection of Contemporary and Classical Music Pedagogy
  • Emotion, Psychology, and Music
  • Teacher Education
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Biography

Paul Hindemith has been hailed as “touching and expressive” by the Washington Times and has performed with the San Diego, Utah Festival, Ohio Light, and Fargo-Moorhead Operas as well as the Minnesota Orchestra. Recently, Paul appeared in the title roles of Tartuffe with Landlocked Opera in Kansas City and Gianni Schicchi with Music on Site in Wichita. He also portrayed Marcello in Opera180’s unique and award-winning production of La Bohème in Kansas City.

Equally comfortable in musical theatre and opera, the Omaha native was named “a remarkable talent” by BroadwayWorld Kansas City for his performance of Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company with The Barn Players. He has received a “Ruby” award from Robidoux Resident Theatre (RRT) for his portrayal of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Lumière in Beauty and the Beast in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Weeks before the great shutdown of 2020, he appeared as Jamie in a timely production of The Last Five Years in which all rehearsals had been conducted online.

An active concert artist and recitalist, Paul has appeared as a soloist with Kansas City’s Midwest Chamber Ensemble in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s cantata To One in Paradise. Recent vocal recitals with pianist Nathanael May have featured Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition, Brahms’ Vier ernste Gesänge, Copland’s Old American Songs, and songs by Norwegian Composers Edvard Grieg and Halfdan Kjerulf. Paul also appears on a recording of Bach arias published by the International Trumpet Guild and as Baron Weps in the Ohio Light Opera’s recording of Carl Zeller’s The Birdseller.

Paul has a growing resume as both a stage director and music director. He made his European debut as both singer and stage director in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with the Grumo Festival in 2014. He translated and directed Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel for the University of South Dakota, and has directed opera scenes at several Universities. He received a commendation from the Kennedy Center American Collegiate Theatre Festival (Region 5) for his music direction of Spring Awakening at Missouri Western State University. He continues to collaborate with RRT, and recently served as music director for Holiday Inn and It’s a Wonderful Life.

A passionate and dedicated educator, Paul has over 25 years of teaching experience, and has taught at Missouri Western State University, Georgia College and State University, Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.), The University of South Dakota, and Omaha North High School. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with minors in Chemistry, Math, and German and with honors in the liberal arts. Hindemith holds a doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland – College Park.

Paul enjoys board games, logic puzzles, learning languages, teaching himself jazz piano, gardening, and being a human cushion for his four cats -- Figaro, Josephine, Froggy, and Purrito. He and his husband Fred have jumped head-first into the world of parenting this year by becoming host-parents through American Field Services to Tham, a high-school senior from Thailand.