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Conducted an Interview with Conductor Paul Bryan!

Paul Bryan is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University where he studied trombone. He currently serves as Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass – the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble, Orchestra Conductor at Drexel University, Conductor and Music Director of Philos Brass, Music Director of Symphony in C’s Summer Symphony Camp, conductor of the Reading Summer Music Institute, conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Concert Band, and a faculty member at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music. He's also the Conductor at our Curtis Institute High School Summer Music Program

What is the Most Memorable Part of Your Career? 

Working with students. For me, it means teaching and shaping "the person"…not just the art form.

What do you tell your young music students about preparing for a competition or performance? 

The more prepared you are, the more you can spend your energy making music instead of just trying to play it. 

How has teaching music changed since you were a young student or first started teaching? 

Unfortunately, I'd now say that many of the best music students are spread too thin–trying to be too diversified. I'd love to see more of those students that really want to be musicians be able to focus more on what they love to do.

Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they? 

Giovanni Gabrieli and Hector Berlioz. Both were revolutionary and innovative composers whose music is as meaningful now as it was during their lives.

Was there pressure for you to become professional? 

No, on the contrary. My parents allowed me to choose whatever I wanted to do so, I did what I truly loved to do. 

What is your favorite thing about the Curtis Institute of Music? 

No matter how long I've been here (now my 23rd year), the level of playing has always been remarkable.

What instrument do you play? 

I came to Curtis as a trombonist, but almost all of my musical activities now revolve around conducting. 

Rapid Fire Favorites;

When I was 16……I practiced trombone like a maniac
People would be surprised to know…. I have a life outside of what I do at Curtis
Favorite things about Philadelphia?  I love the Rittenhouse Square area – for being in the middle of one of the largest cities in America, it feels remarkably small
Favorite place to eat in Philadelphia? Too many from which to choose – Tequila’s, Chinatown, Le Bec Fin (‘wish I could go there more than once a decade!)
Favorite thing to besides music? Cycling and running with friends; movies; enjoying good food with friends
Favorite Movie? The Bourne series
Favorite Book?  I have to admit that most of the time when I’m reading, I’m studying a score for a piece I’m in the process of rehearsing
Favorite TV Show?  Modern Family, but I don’t watch a lot of TV
What are you listening to on your iPod?  Berlioz, Romeo and Juliet and The Best of Earth, Wind, and Fire

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