Division: Scholarly and Professional Studies
Program: Early Music Performance
Dr. Paul J. Sherman is a performer on baroque and modern instruments and an instrumental conductor. He teaches baroque oboe performance and is director of Le Canards du Roy, baroque oboe band at USC. On period instruments he performs with Grammy-nominated Santa Fe Pro Musica, Musica Angelica, San Diego Bach Collegium, Harmonia Baroque Players, Del Mar Baroque, and is a founding member of Jealous Nightingale Baroque.
Sherman’s other great passion is for new music. He is oboist and executive director of ensembleGREEN which presented 10 world premieres during last year’s sold out season. Last season, he performed and toured Xenakis’ “Damaathen” for oboe and percussion and will premiere three new works for oboe next season along with recording Jeffery Holme’s “Nilfheim Tryptich.” He also performs, tours and records regularly with Grammy Award-winning Southwest Chamber Music (he can be heard on their recently released recording of Chinery Ung’s compositions), Nimbus Ensemble (Berio Sequenza VII and Chemins IV), and improvises and records with the Brad Dutz 4tet (jazz/new music), whose second album “When Manatees Attack” opened to critical confusion (the best state to keep critics in) and acclaim. Their next album is due in mid September 2008.
Sherman recently became music director for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Philharmonic, Orchestra and Prelude Strings, an organization of three orchestras and 200 students based at College of the Canyons. Last season, he commissioned a new work for youth orchestra by Derrick Spiva entitled “Vicissitude Variations.” He was also recently named director of the Chapman University Wind Symphony. He teaches history, theory, oboe and sundry other subjects for College of the Canyons, Citrus Community College, Glendale Community College, Shepherd University. His degrees are from CalArts, where he studied with Allan Vogel, and USC, where he studied oboe performance, music history (with emphasis on the baroque), instrumental conducting and baroque period performance.