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Paul Hondorp is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Western Kentucky University, where he directs three university ensembles, teaches conducting and graduate literature. A California native, Dr. Hondorp received his DMA in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University, where he studied under Charles K. Smith, Jonathan Reed and David Rayl. Dr. Hondorp's conducting mentors have also included Alan Harler (Temple University), Lynn Bielefelt (Cal State Long Beach), and Thomas Davies (Cal Poly SLO). Prior to his arrival at WKU, Dr. Hondorp taught at the community college and high school level. He directed church choirs in California, Pennsylvania and Michigan, and is currently Director of Music at First Christian Church of Bowling Green.
Dr. Hondorp has served as an adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor for festivals of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee. In June 2012, Dr. Hondorp was guest conductor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus, and a guest presenter on choral tone and rehearsal methods for the Hong Kong Ministry of Education. Other recent engagements include guest clinicianships with the Singapore Choral Resource Center and the Taipei International Choral Festival. In May of 2008, he led the WKU Chorale on a tour of Northern Italy, which included an invited performance in the Musica Ateneo Festival in Bologna.
Dr. Hondorp has served an appointment as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for College/University for the Southern Division of ACDA, and served in that capacity for the state of Kentucky. He also serves as state representative and founding member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Dr. Hondorp was named College/University Teacher of the Year for 2004-2005 and 2010-2011 for KMEA District Three.
A lyric tenor, Dr. Hondorp performed with Oregon Bach Festival Chorus (under the direction of Helmuth Rilling) for six summers, and served on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Solo performances include concert work in Handel's Messiah (Bryn Athyn Cathedral), Handel's Samson (Handel Oratorio Society, California), Mozart Requiem (Idyllwild Arts Festival) and Starbuck in the world premiere of Gary Eister's opera Moby Dick. Professional recordings include ensemble performances with the Oregon Bach Festival (the late masses of FJ Haydn, Hannsler Records) and Hot Springs Festival Chorus (the choral music of Edmund Dede, Naxos) and solo work for an educational series of compact discs by GIA Publications.
Dr. Hondorp lives in Bowling Green with wife, soprano Jennifer Brennan-Hondorp, their son Brennan, and their daughter Finley.