Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities, Director of Orchestral Studies, Columbus State university's Schwob School of Music
Paul Hostetter is the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities and director of Orchestral Studies at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music. In addition to his position at Columbus State University, he is the conductor and artistic advisor for the acclaimed Sequitur Ensemble, the principal conductor of the Flageolet Ensemble, and the founder and artistic adviser to the Music Mondays chamber series in New York City. He holds degrees in performance from Florida State University and Juilliard School of Music.
Hostettler has led programs for Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Institute and the Manhattan School of Music’s Graduate Orchestral Performance Program. He has presented master classes at the Mannes School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, the Juilliard School of Music, the University of Michigan, William Paterson University and the University of San Paulo. He formerly served as a visiting professor at Shanghai Normal University.
He has held many appointments, including director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, in Montclair, NJ, where he was also the director of Orchestral Studies/Associate Professor; artistic director of the Winter Sun Music Festival; and associate conductor for the Broadway productions of “Candide” and “The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm,” among others. Recently he served as conductor for the Pixar Live show at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
He has had a tremendous impact on the world of contemporary music, having premiered over 80 works by composers, including Pulitzer Prize winners David Del Tredici, Lewis Spratlan and Ned Rorem. He conducted Elliot Carter's “Double Concerto” at the Library of Congress as part of Mr. Carter's 100th-year celebration; led Newband in the premiere of Dean Drummond’s opera “Café Bufe,” with the Harry Partch Instruments; and conducted the co-premiere of Robert Aldridge’s Grammy winning “Elmer Gantry” for Peak Performances.
As a recording artist, he has collaborated with jazz greats Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and Joe Lovano; with strings from the Orchestra of St. Lukes (By Arrangement), which received a Downbeat Critics Award. His recording, “Where Crows Gather,” featuring the music of Lewis Spratlan, was listed by the New York Times chief critic Anthony Tommasini as one of the top five of 2005, and a recording of the music of Harold Meltzer was also named as one of Tommasini’s top five in 2010.
Hostetter’s extensive discography includes recordings on labels such as Telarc, Koch, Mode, CRI, Albany, Tzadick, and Naxos, and his most recent recording of Concerti with the Sequitur Ensemble received five stars for performance from BBC Music Magazine. Maestro Hostetter performed as a percussionist/timpanist with the Grammy Award-Winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has recorded for numerous labels and has appeared on movie soundtracks, jingles and more than 10 Broadway productions.