Paul McShee

Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestra Studies

D.M.A., Peabody Institute

M.M., University of Connecticut

P.C., University of Connecticut

B.A., Gettysburg College


Described by the Baltimore Sun as a conductor who draws “subtle nuances from any score,” conductor Paul McShee is known for the “remarkable blend of warmth, energy, and driving rhythmic vitality” he instigates in the sound of any orchestra he conducts.  Paul is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Connecticut.


Equally at home on the podium and in the opera pit, Paul is sought after as a conductor for opera productions in the United States, and in Europe.  He was guest music of the Twin Cities Fringe Opera, staff conductor for the Baltimore Opera Project, guest conductor for La Traviata and Madama Butterfly at Paul Hamlyn Hall in London, as well as music director of several PopUp Opera performances in Edinburgh, Scotland.


On the concert stage, Paul has had the opportunity to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Paradisal Players, L’Orchestre QuiPasseParLà, L’Orchestre Band-Son, the Philharmonie Mihail Jora, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Twin Cities Youth Symphony, and the Buffalo Community Orchestra.


Paul holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut.  Paul’s current research is centered around the music of Brahms, Wagner, and Mahler, and its relationship to cultural pessimism, and nihilistic philosophy.  His dissertation, “Gentle into that Good Night: Rejection of Enlightenment-Inspired Narratives in Finales by Brahms, Wagner, and Mahler,” was recognized by Peabody Conservatory faculty with the 2018 Dissertation Prize.


Also active as a flute player, Dr. McShee is an avid performer of chamber music, and still maintains a number of private students, several of whom have been admitted to prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs in music.


Dr. McShee studied conducting with Marin Also and Gustav Meier, with additional studies with Markand Thakar, Don Schleicher, Harvey Felder, Larry Rachleff, and Kirk Trevor.  His principal flute teachers were Emmanuel Pahud, Teresa Bowers, Verena Bosshart, and Monique Dupuis-Leopoldoff.

Paul McShee
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