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 Honor 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.
In 2015, 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 batons Anna “Panni” Kovacs and Vladimir Fanshil, who is the Conductor 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, his Master of Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University, and K – 12 Teacher Certification from the University of Houston. Once he relocated to New York City, he studied the Kodály Philosophy at NYU over three summers and remains active in KONY (Kodály Organization of New York).
Paul lives in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters, and orange tabby cat brothers Franklin and Cooper.