Paul H. Kirby

Composer, Conductor, Pianist, MCNY Treasurer,

Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards Jurist

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Composer/conductor Paul H. Kirby has served as music director and conductor of the Central Iowa Symphony, Iowa State University Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet, and several other musical organizations. He holds degrees in music from the City University of New York (Doctor of Musical Arts), the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Rice University, with additional study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has been the recipient of a wide range of commissions including ballet, choral, organ, musical theatre, sonatas, and symphony. His musical arrangements, compositions, discography and resume are listed at http://library.newmusicusa.org/PaulHKirby.

He is also keenly interested in supporting his fellow composers. In addition to sharing his financial expertise with the Musicians Club of New York as its Treasurer for the past decade, he also served as the first Chairman of the Musicians Club's re-instituted Member/Composers Committee, and has become a regularly featured composer and performer at its annual concert. 

He is an instructor with a music education program in Washington Heights, Manhattan, modelled after Venezuela's El Sistema.

"A Castaway in Costa Rica", poem by Ilsa Gilbert, music by Paul H. Kirby; Darcy Dunn, Mezzo-Soprano; Bonnie McAlvin, Flute; Chi-Ching Lin, Conga Drums; Adrian Bridges, Guitar; Paul Kirby, piano

The Musicians Club of New York's 2017 Musicians Club of New York Member-Composers Concert, March 11, 2017, Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"On the Beach at Fontana", text by James Joyce, music by Paul H. Kirby; Nitya Thomas, soprano, Paul H. Kirby, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"A Moment", text by Beth Bowden, music by Paul H. Kirby; Nitya Thomas, soprano, Paul H. Kirby, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"Reflected in My Eyes", text by Beth Bowden, music by Paul H. Kirby; 
Brian Hunter, tenor, Paul H. Kirby, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"Mercedes in League with the Spirits of the Earth", music by Paul H. Kirby; book and lyrics by Brian Ross; Nitya Thomas, soprano; Mara Waldman, soprano; Brian Hunter, tenor; James Parks, baritone; Paul Kirby, piano

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

Fugue for solo flute, Paul H. Kirby, composer, Bonnie McAlvin, flute

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"Fiona's Lullaby", music by Paul H. Kirby, lyrics by Richard Simson; Brian Hunter, tenor; Paul Kirby, piano

Musicians Club of New York's Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala, May 2, 2015, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"MCNY Rag", composed and performed by Paul H. Kirby

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, May 4, 2014, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

"Rob Rag", composed and performed by Paul H. Kirby

Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, May 4, 2014, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.

 

Paul H. Kirby, oboe, performs "Sleepy Shepherd" by Dorothy Kirby for the Musicians Club of New York

Musicians Club of New York's 2016 Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala and Award Ceremony on May 7, 2016. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.