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Southern Oregon University


Professor of Music
Director of Choral/Vocal Studies
Artistic Director/Conductor for Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

Phone: (541) 552-6532
Office: MU 229
E-Mail: french @


BA, 1978, University of California, Berkeley
MM, 1980
DMA, 1987, University of Southern California

Paul French has extensive experience as singer, conductor and teacher. Ensembles under his direction have performed to acclaim at prestigious six-state conventions such as the American Choral Directors Association Northwest Convention (1994, 2002), the American Guild of Organists Northwest Convention (1997) and the Oregon Music Educators National Conference (2002). In 2003, French made his National Public Radio debut with the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers performing on "West Coast Live" for an estimated one million households nationally and Internationally. In 2006, French conducted the west coast premiere of the Robert Levin completion of Mozart's great "Mass in c minor" and toured Mexico with the SOU Chamber Choir.

In demand as a clinician and adjudicator, French has adjudicated the Oregon Music Educators National Conference state voice and choir competitions many times, the Oregon National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, as well as MENC sponsored competitions in California and Alaska. He has conducted numerous Honor Choirs and regional All-State Choirs in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Nevada; and served Artistic Director of the SOU/Britt Festival Vocal Arts Institute.

As a tenor soloist, French has performed a varied repertoire from Handel's Messiah, to Vaughan Williams' Mass in G for organizations such as Jefferson Baroque Orchestra and Northwest Bach Ensemble, and at music festivals such as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival and the Chelan Bach Festival.