Director of Wind Studies
Senior Lecturer, Conducting
Conductor, Emory Wind Ensemble
Office: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 310
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DMA. 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MM Northwestern University
Conductor Paul Bhasin serves on the faculty of Emory University as Director of Wind Studies. In this capacity, he conducts the Emory Wind Ensemble, directs all aspects of Emory’s wind, brass, and percussion program, and teaches conducting. Under his direction, the Emory Wind Ensemble has received national commendations from the College Band Director National Association (named a “Top 10” ensemble among peer institutions and showcased at the 2017 National Convention) and received recent praise from composers James Syler, Brian Hulse, and Anthony Plog for interpretations of commissioned premieres.
Praised for his "crisp, clear" conducting and "highly expressive" interpretations, Bhasin has led a variety of university and professional ensembles throughout North America and abroad including recent performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and throughout the People's Republic of China. Bhasin's most recent guest engagements include appearances with the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Interlochen Arts Academy Concert Band, Virginia Symphony Orchestra Brass and Percussion, American Youth Philharmonic, and with the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). Ensembles under his direction have collaborated with soloists from the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the US Marine Band. He has led honor bands and served as a guest clinician throughout the United States.
Bhasin's articles and reviews have been published in the Instrumentalist and the International Trumpet Guild Journal and most recently in The Conductor's Companion published by Meredith Music. His pedagogical trumpet text is published by BRASSJAR Music. His transcriptions and arrangements are published by Balquhidder Music and have been performed and commissioned in the US and abroad by the United States Marine Band, St. Louis Opera Theater, the United States Air Force Brass in Blue, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, La Unió Musical l’Horta de Sant Marcel·lí (Valencia, Spain) and the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). In 2015, Bhasin composed and conducted the score to 9:23 Films' motion picture, Hogtown (award winner at the Berlin, Los Angeles and Nashville International Black Film Festivals, and Cannes Festival Marché du Film). Michael Phillips of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the film was "...scored beautifully by composer Paul Bhasin...better than the entirety of the last few features I've seen, period.” In 2016, reviewer Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times named the film a “Critic’s Pick” and one of the “Top 10 Films of 2016."
Bhasin is an accomplished orchestral trumpeter, having performed with the Virginia Symphony and Opera, Columbus (OH) Symphony, New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and at the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Ravinia. With these institutions he has performed under the batons of David Zinman, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, James DePriest, Leonard Slatkin, Andreas Delfs, and Gustav Meier. A committed trumpet teacher, his students have attended prestigious conservatories and music schools and have won first prize at major competitions including the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. He has been featured as a soloist on National Public Radio, Detroit PBS-TV, the International Computer Music Conference, at the Chautauqua Music Festival, and at the International Dvořák Festival (Prague, CZ). Bhasin has recorded as trumpeter and conductor for both the Centaur and Interscope record labels, and his 2015 Centaur Records release features the music of Brian Hulse and is performed by the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble featuring principal soloists from the Richmond and Virginia Symphonies.
Bhasin's previous appointments include positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Triton College, and The College of William & Mary. He received his musical education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (DMA, conducting), Northwestern University (MM, trumpet), and the University of Michigan (BM, trumpet). His primary teachers were Scott Teeple (conducting), Charles Geyer (trumpet), and Charles Daval (trumpet). He is a member of the College Band Director’s National Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and the League of American Orchestras. An active clinician, Bhasin has presented at conferences including the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, CBDNA Southern Division Conference, and the National Music Teachers Association Conference.
|Dr. Bhasin's score to 9:23 Films' Hogtown received its Paris and New York premieres this fall and was named both a "2016 Critic's Pick" and one of the "Top 10 Films of 2016" by the New York Times.||Paul Bhasin leads an ensemble of Richmond & Virginia Symphony Principals in a Fall 2016 Centaur Records release featuring the music of American composer, Brian Hulse.|
Dr. Bhasin leads the Emory Wind Ensemble in February, 2017, in a premiere of a new concerto for Viola and winds by American composer, James Syler. The Wind Ensemble joins a commission led by the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the featured viola soloist will be Yinzi Kong, Viola faculty (and Vega String Quartet member) at Emory University.
In October 2017, Dr. Bhasin and the Emory Wind Ensemble will premiere filmmaker Nikoloz Kevkhishvili’s newest motion picture, Through the Looking Glass, featuring an original score by Emory composer Richard Prior. The event is supported in part by a grant from Emory’s Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA).