Described by the Baltimore Sun as a conductor who draws “subtle nuances from any score,” Paul McShee, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras at Binghamton University, is known for the “remarkable blend of warmth, energy, and driving rhythmic vitality” he evokes from any orchestra he conducts. Equally at home on the podium and in the opera pit, Dr. McShee is sought after as a conductor for opera productions in the US and Europe. He was a staff conductor for the Baltimore Opera Project, guest conductor for La traviata and Madama Butterfly at Paul Hamlyn Hall in London, and music director of the PopUp Opera Program in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. McShee has conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the London Paradisal Players, L’Orchestre QuiPasseParLà, L’Orchestre Band-Son, the Philharmonie Mihail Jora, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic.
He holds the DMA in conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a MM from the University of Connecticut.He has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, the University of Connecticut, and Binghamton University. His current research concerns the intersections between philosophy and the music of Brahms, Wagner, and Mahler. His dissertation, “Gentle into that Good Night: Rejection of Linear Structural Narratives in Finales by Brahms, Wagner, and Mahler,” was recognized by Peabody Conservatory faculty with a commendation. Dr. McShee is also currently preparing a collected edition of the works of Margaret Bonds.
Dr. McShee studied under Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, and Don Schleicher. His principal flute teachers were Emmanuel Pahud, Verena Bosshart, and Teresa Bowers.
- DMA in conducting, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
- MM, University of Connecticut