Paul Winchester is an award-winning composer, performer, educator, and music director in Minneapolis, MN.
As a composer, Paul's work has been commissioned and performed by the The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, The Society for New Music, the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, the Wooster Symphony, and numerous church and school choirs. Paul received his B. Mus in Composition from The College of Wooster and his M. Mus in Composition at Syracuse University, where he was a Heaton Fellow and a recipient of the Brian Israel Award.
As a performer, Paul performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities in both studio and live settings as a singer and multi-instrumentalist. Most recently, he has performed electric guitar in The Singers’ performances of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard and has been featured as a guitarist, mandolinist, and percussionist on recent releases Stronger Broken by Rebecca Aadland and Come to the Woods by The Singers.
Paul currently serves as the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, where he leads the church choir, band, and orchestra, and regularly composes and arranges music for a wide variety of performers and ensembles.
In addition to his music career, Paul is also a professional game developer. He is currently freelancing after working for 3 years with Fantasy Flight Games in Roseville, where he worked on the development team for and subsequently served as lead designer and producer for the product line of Star Wars: Imperial Assault, winner of the 2016 Board Game of the Year Origin Award.
Paul lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Mo, their 3 cats, 2 dogs, and, very soon, their first son.