“About” Musicians of New York (MofNY)

Musicians of New York (MofNY) is the creation of NYC composer, musician, and teacher, Paul Hennessee. He has been a resident of The Big Apple for almost 20 years now and during that time, has made many lasting connections with other musicians who call NYC home. MofNY was started to celebrate the rich diversity of the NYC music scene by getting up close and personal with the people who refuse to let this great city sleep. Paul will conduct interviews in his Manhattan apartment. Each interview will be complemented by examples of the artist’s recorded music, as well as a short live performance. Prior to each interview, followers of the Musicians of New York Facebook page will be able to submit questions for the artist who will be featured in the upcoming interview. Also, if you would like to suggest a NYC musician for Paul to interview, just send a brief message explaining “who” and “why.” Likewise, if you are a NYC musician, who has done at least one studio recording and is active in the NYC music scene, send your information and reason why you would like to be a part of the MofNY podcast series.  

Paul and Ben
Paul & Chloe Hennessee with Ben Lovett, winter of 2018
Paul and Bobby (1)
Paul Hennessee with Bobby McFerrin circa 2002

Author: paulhennessee

Paul Hennessee's earliest musical memory is darting between the TV and piano to mimic musical themes. More recently, he has composed numerous choral and instrumental works for a variety of ensembles. These include published children’s songs like Jack O'Lantern Ball and Spring Forward, settings of poems by William Blake and Robert Frost, and scores for many Shakespeare plays, including Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and The Tempest. In 2013, Paul won the prestigious Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize sponsored by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) and was commission to write a piece for Children's Choir. His setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s, The Land of Nod (SSA), was premiered at the OAKE National Conference in March, 2014 at Atlanta Symphony Hall. More recently, Paul was invited to the Berlin International Music Project (BIMP), as honorary composer. At BIMP, two of his compositions were premiered by the festival choirs and orchestras under the baton of conductor Vladimir Fanshil of the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin. Paul has been teaching music at The Spence School in Manhattan since 2000. He was formerly Principal Horn in the Air Force Band and has played with numerous orchestras. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Cameron University and his Master of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. Once he relocated to New York City, he studied the Kodaly Philosophy at NYU over three summers and remains active in KONY (Kodaly Organization of New York). Paul lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters, and the furry and finny family members - Franklin & Cooper (Orange Tabbies) and a handful of fish!

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