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Paul S. Kim, Music Director

Dr. Paul S. Kim, Music Director, Orchestra of the Eastern Shore

Conductor, violinist and composer Paul S. Kim has been music director of the Orchestra of the Eastern Shore since the fall of 2014. As assistant professor of music at Old Dominion University, Dr. Kim directs the ODU Symphony Orchestra, teaches applied conducting and violin, and oversees the Department of Music's strings program. He also serves as the symphony orchestra conductor for the Czech Music Camp for Youth, an international summer music camp based in the Czech Republic. He and his wife Rebecca are the co-founders of New Music Norfolk, an organization that brings composers and musicians together to share contemporary art music for Norfolk and the surrounding Hampton Roads region.

Previously, Paul served as assistant conductor of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest conductor with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. On the popular side, he was the conductor for Eurythmics star Dave Stewart and his Rock Fabulous Orchestra, conducting songs Stewart wrote for Eurythmics, Bono, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Mick Jagger, and others.

Paul is the composer of nearly thirty original works for small and large ensembles. His arrangements of Radiohead songs for string quintet SYBARITE5 have been performed on National Public Radio's Performance Today as well as at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Aspen Music Festival. The arrangements have been released on SYBARITE5ís album Everything in Its Right Place. As a violinist, he is a current member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and a previous member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the McLean Orchestra.

Dr. Kim completed a D.M.A. in conducting performance at Shenandoah Conservatory under the mentorship of Jan Wagner. Previously, he earned an M.M. in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Maryland as well as an M.A. in music and a B.S. in chemistry at the University of Virginia. He also formerly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.