As director of choral studies at the University of Delaware, Paul D. Head directs the internationally renowned University of Delaware Chorale, the community-based Schola Cantorum and the UD Symphonic Chorus, which performs frequently with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Head is a native Californian where he taught in the public schools for eight years before completing his Master of Music in Conducting and Music Education at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. His choirs have toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe and have received consistently high acclaim for their musical artistry. Under his direction, the UD Chorale has taken first- and second-place honors at competitive choral festivals in Estonia, Spain and Hungary.
Dr. Head maintains an active presence as conductor and guest clinician, having conducted All-State choirs in 18 states in addition to professional presentations and workshops throughout the United States. His choirs have made frequent appearances on American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national (2005, 2013) and regional (2002, 2008, 2010) conventions. As an active researcher and pedagogue, he is published in several books and publications, is the co-editor of Case Studies in Music Education (GiA; 2005) and a contributing author in The School Choral Program (GIA; 2008). He is also the co-editor of the middle school choral volume of Teaching Music Through Performance (GIA; 2011), as well as the conductor for the accompanying CDs, recorded by members of the UD Chorale, and he is the co-editor of the Handbook for Choral Music Education, a compendium currently in the works for publication next year by Oxford University Press. Currently, Dr. Head is on sabbatical in France writing a book on the pedagogy of rehearsal as related to score preparation.
In 2014, Dr. Head launched the University of Delaware Choral Academy Summer Symposium, in Provence, France. The Summer Symposium is a unique program for students (from the University of Delaware and elsewhere) and young professionals who are looking for a musically challenging and life-affirming experienc.e
As an active member of the ACDA, Dr. Head has held various leadership positions at state, regional and national levels. He also holds membership in Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda (the National Music Honor Society). He currently resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife of 25 years, and he is the father of three grown children.