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Paul Patton – Director of Music

paul-patton-224Paul Patton has been Pianist/Organist for Temple Sinai in Washington, DC, since December 2014. Formerly Organist and Director of Music at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale (2009-2014), he served in the same position at Emmaus United Church of Christ (2006-2009) and at the Church of the Holy Comforter (1995-2006), both in Vienna, and as Artistic and Musical Director of the Vienna Choral Society (2005-2009). As accompanist for Voce Chamber Singers (1996-2013), he received critical praise in The Washington Post.

Paul received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. At Yale University Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music he earned masters degrees in Divinity and Sacred Theology. Paul also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany, and with concert pianist Susan Starr in Philadelphia.

As a rehearsal and performance pianist, he worked for New York City Ballet (1987-1990) and the Dutch National Ballet (1979-1985) and participated as a solo pianist in gala ballet performances in Amsterdam, Berlin, Cologne, London, Paris, Warsaw and Tokyo. He also served as repetiteur at the Opera House in Bremen, Germany (1974-1976, 1978), and as faculty accompanist-coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (1976-1977). Paul has worked in churches in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as in England and The Netherlands. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians.