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Paul Haas

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    Meet the Musician: Paul Haas on education and the commissioning process

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    Meet the Musician: Paul Haas on the National Conducting Institute


Following in a series of great conductors, such as Leonard Slatkin and Myung-Whun Chung, Paul Haas is now the fourteenth music director of the New York Youth Symphony. He has consistently impressed music critics nationwide. In addition to appearances as the assistant conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Mr. Haas' conducting engagements have included performances with the San Antonio Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among other fine orchestras, as well as festival appearances.

He started with the violin at age five, and then added singing, jazz and classical piano, percussion, composition, arranging, and even playing in rock bands. In his junior year at Yale he started the Jonathan Edwards Chamber Orchestra, it was them he realized that conducting was it – his range of musical interests and abilities would come together and conducting would become the purpose of his life.

Mr. Haas recently shared the podium with Michael Tilson Thomas, co-conducting a week of rehearsals and performances with the New World Symphony in Miami to great critical acclaim. These performances emphasized Mr. Haas' continued commitment to working with young orchestra musicians. Mr. Haas maintains an active role in the contemporary music scene, having commissioned a new work for every concert he has conducted with the New York Youth Symphony as part of its ASCAP Award-winning "First Music" program. Highlights of his numerous television and radio appearances are his features on a "CBS Sunday Morning" special entitled "American Maestro" and the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on New York's WQXR. Mr. Haas and the New York Youth Symphony were recently awarded the ASCAP-American Symphony Orchestra League Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming, the first time that coveted award has ever been presented to a youth orchestra.

Paul Haas is a graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, where he studied conducting as a Bruno Walter Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller.

Mr. Haas is a graduate of the National Conducting Institute.
Paul Haas