Talent Education of Houston (Richmond/Shepherd); College of the Mainland (Texas City)

Paul Boyd

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Talent Education of Houston (Richmond/Shepherd); College of the Mainland (Texas City)

Dr. Paul Boyd

Location: South-East South-West West

Teaches: Piano Chamber Music Composition

PAUL BOYD is Director of Piano Studies at College of the Mainland in the Houston area, where he also teaches Music Literature and Chamber Ensemble. He received Teaching Excellence Awards in 2003 and 2004, and was President of the Faculty Senate during 2012-14. Numerous present and former students enjoy successful careers in music education, performance, and composition. He served as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association from 1999-2001 and President of Houston Music Teachers Association 2006-2008.

Dr. Boyd leads the Foundation for Modern Music (FMM), a nonprofit concert presenter, as Artistic and Executive Director. Annual audiences have grown during his tenure from under 200 to over 11,000 - with as many as 2,500 at a single classical concert. Under his direction since 2008, FMM’s annual Avalon International Competition for Composers has grown to be a signature event, attracting entrants from around the world and engaging judges of renown such as William Bolcom, Carlisle Floyd, and Tania León. An avid supporter of new music, he has to date premiered over 40 works by Ofer Ben-Amots, Mohammed Fairouz, Arthur Gottschalk, John Kiefer, Christopher Theofanidis, Mary Carol Warwick, and others – in addition to his own compositions. Besides FMM concerts, he has been heard regularly with Houston Symphony musicians’ chamber group the Greenbriar Consortium, Latin music and dance organization Flamárt, and in broadcasts on stations KUHA/KUHF (PBS), KPFT (Pacifica), and KTMD (Telemundo).

Piano studies were with Anne Dean Turk, Carol Houston, Ruth Tomfohrde, and Abbey Simon; composition with David Ashley White. Recent performance highlights include the premiere of Warwick’s song cycle The Gathering at New York’s LaMama Theatre Center with baritone Anthony Turner, the May 2016 premiere of his work Water Sketches in San Antonio, and the creation of a new chamber music series at Galveston’s Moody Mansion last season. In 2017, among Dr. Boyd’s engagements are a return New York appearance and concerts every month in the spring; he also joins the piano and theory faculty of the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory for the fifth year next summer.

In a review of a Fairouz concerto premiere and FMM concert, critic Joel Luks of Culture Map claimed: “Boyd's muscly reading punished whomever or whatever stood in his way… The Foundation for Modern Music's event was an involved intervention on the city's classical music scene.” For creating programs with impactful messages such as a multicultural dance show and an anti-bullying arts festival, Paul was named a Cultural Ambassador by the City of Houston in August 2013 and received a mayoral proclamation in March 2015.

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