Paul Boyd is Professor of Piano at College of the Mainland in the Houston area, where he also teaches Music Literature and Chamber Ensemble. He received Teaching Excellence Awards in 2003 and 2004, and was elected President of the Faculty Senate for 2012-14. Numerous present and former students enjoy successful careers in music education, performance, and composition. He served as President of the Houston Area Suzuki Piano Association from 1999-2001 and President of Houston Music Teachers Association 2006-2008.
Dr. Boyd was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Foundation for Modern Music (FMM) in August 2009. Under his direction since 2008, the Foundation’s annual Avalon Competition for Composers has grown to be a signature event, attracting international entrants and engaging judges of world renown including William Bolcom, Kyong-Mee Choi, Carlisle Floyd, and Daron Hagen. An avid supporter of new music, he has to date premiered over 20 works by Ofer Ben-Amots, Mohammed Fairouz, Arthur Gottschalk, John Kiefer, Christopher Theofanidis, Mary Carol Warwick, and others. Besides FMM concerts, he is heard regularly with Houston Symphony musicians’ chamber group the Greenbriar Consortium, Latin music and dance organization Flamárt, and in broadcasts on stations KUHA/KUHF (PBS), KPFT (Pacifica), and KTMD (Telemundo).
Piano studies were with Anne Dean Turk, Carol Houston, Ruth Tomfohrde, and Abbey Simon; composition with David Ashley White. Dr. Boyd joins the piano and theory faculty of the American Festival for the Arts Conservatory this summer. Performance highlights during the 2012-13 season are multiple appearances with the Greenbriar Consortium, Rothko Chapel’s Music for Peace, a concert for the opening of the Picasso Black and White exhibit at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the premiere of Warwick’s song cycle The Gathering in Houston’s Zilkha Hall and New York’s LaMama Theatre Center with baritone Anthony Turner.