"Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus are dynamic musical legacies in one of America's greatest cities. While I have long admired the Choruses and their tradition of artistry, I'm inspired by the way the ensembles represent topics that matter even more than music, like diversity, social justice, and creating safe spaces for everyone. I'm excited to contribute to a creative civic dialog in Seattle that will further these causes for the next generation. We create moments that inspire people to change the world and I'm looking forward to a thrilling musical adventure." - Paul Caldwell
We are delighted to announce that Paul Caldwell will take over as artistic director for Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, starting autumn 2016. His first concert at the podium will be for SWC in October. Paul Caldwell is currently the artistic director for Windy City Performing Arts in Chicago. As such, he has provided renewed leadership and vision for both the Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. He is also artistic director for the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago, a community-based after-school program enrolling 200 young people in Chicago's northern suburbs. Paul’s work with youth garnered national recognition, receiving the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
Paul composes and arranges music collaboratively with Sean Ivory. Their choral works have been telecast on PBS and A&E and performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Legendary guitarist Steve Vai recently collaborated with Caldwell and Ivory to create a choral-rock fusion song, Book of the Seven Seals.
Paul made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2014, leading concerts comprised entirely of music he composed. He has also been Artistic Director for the ¡Canta! Costa Rica festival in San Jose. He returns to the Sing A Mile High choral festival in Denver biennially.
Paul is a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America. His efforts on behalf of the choral field were honored in 2008, where he received the Michael J. Korn Founders Award for Philanthropic Contribution to the Arts.
Current artistic director, Dennis Coleman, remarks that, "Paul’s national reputation as a talented conductor and composer makes him a great choice to lead SMC and SWC into the future. I’m proud to pass on the baton to him and look forward to seeing how he builds on the legacy of our mission to entertain and inspire.”
Board President, Bob Davidson, adds: "We are very excited that Paul has decided to join us as our next artistic director. We conducted an extensive international search over the past nine months, which included input from our members, donors, and fans. Paul was the unanimous choice of our search team and Board of Directors because of his incredible music skills, tremendous enthusiasm, and a strong desire to expand our outreach within the community. Paul is the perfect individual to build on the legacy of Dennis Coleman and lead both Seattle Women’s Chorus and Seattle Men’s Chorus into their next chapters."