Born: December 16, 1951 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Peter Paulsen was a student of Dr. Irving Cohen at West Chester University as a recipient of the Rob Simon Memorial Award. He went on to study with Homer Mensch of the Julliard School and graduate studies at Temple University with Michael Shahan of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jazz studies included time with the late Al Stauffer and Rufus Reid. Mr. Paulsen has been on the faculty at Moravian College, Lehigh University, Temple University and is currently Instructor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at West Chester University.
He is director and founding member of Turks Head Knot the West Chester University Faculty Contemporary Music Ensemble, commissioning and premiering new works by today’s leading composers. Mr. Paulsen is Assistant Principal Bass of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Bass of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and has been Principal Bass with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Spoleto, Italy, the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Symphonia. He is also busy as a free-lance jazz bassist in the tri-state area and performs regularly with his own quintet and trio as well as many of Philadelphia’s top jazz performers....
Awards:1999 PA Council on the Arts Music Composition grant
2001 PA Council on the Arts Music Composition grant
2005 PA Council on the Arts Music Composition grant
2000 Banff Centre for the Arts Composition Residency
2007 PEW Fellowship in Music Composition
West Chester, PA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Instructor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies at West Chester University Private teacher of double bass in both classical and jazz styles.
High School and College clinics with working trio exploring and discussing our approach to composition and collective improvisation.