MofNY Ep. 1 with guest Colin McGrath

Hey! I’m thrilled to post Episode 1 of my podcast series, Musicians of New York. In this pilot episode, I sit down in my East Harlem apartment with singer-songwriter, Colin McGrath. I have known Colin for around a decade and have always been impressed by his warmth, intellect, and musicianship. He is the personification of curiosity. A teacher and lifelong learner, Colin continuously pushes the boundaries of sound and expression in his music. So sit back, put on your headphones, and join Colin and me as we explore Colin’s musical journey thus far.





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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