Equally at home in a variety of settings, Paul Coleman enjoys a multi-faceted career
as a composer, sound engineer, and teacher of composition and electronic music.
As the Sound Director for the New York City based Ensemble Signal, Paul has appeared
at numerous venues, including Disney Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall,
the Ojai Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Miller
Theatre. Professor Coleman has engineered and directed sound for a wide range of performances,
working closely alongside composers such as Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, and Helmut
Lachenmann, as well as Philip Glass and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.
Of Paul's sound direction The New York Times said "...the sound mixing was more creative
than usual. When the score's textures were at their thickest, combinations of instruments
were deployed to different speakers around the room, creating interesting spatial
Prof. Coleman's own compositions have been performed at festivals and venues around
the world, including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Massachusetts
Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), as well as in multiple tours of historic carillons
throughout Europe. He has twice been featured at John Zorn's NYC venue The Stone,
and his work, "Into Winters' Grey" for soprano and large ensemble, was commissioned
and premiered by the Eastman School of Music's Musica Nova, with conductor Brad Lubman
and Soprano Soloist Tony Arnold.
Paul is currently on faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the State University
of New York at Fredonia where he teaches Composition, Computer Music, Theory, and
Music Technology. He is also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music's Summer Horizons
Program, and has served twice as the Acting Director of The Eastman School of Music's
Computer Music Center as a sabbatical replacement. In the summer of 2009, Paul joined
the faculty of the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, where he was the head sound engineer
and also taught composition fellows electronic and computer music techniques. Prof.
Coleman is currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) at the Eastman School of Music where he
received a Ralph Jackno scholarship and two Belle Gitelman awards in composition,
and holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Northern Colorado.