Assistant Director for Operations
Paul Cortese, Assistant Director, for Operations, is a musician-technologist who has successfully combined his previous roles as project manager, guitarist, teacher, composer, audio engineer, graphic designer, and computer programmer into a diverse and unique skill set.
Paul received his Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University and his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory in classical guitar performance. His teachers included Neil Anderson, David Leisner, and Ricardo Cobo.
Paul has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout Boston, appearing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Goethe-Institute, MIT, Brandeis University, and New England Conservatory. Paul has been a featured performer at the Celebration of the Arts in Syracuse, New York and was a founding member of the Boston-based Auros Group for New Music. In 2008, Paul participated in TCU's Festival of Ukrainian Chamber Music where he performed Ludmila Yurina's piece for electric guitar and electronic soundtrack entitled Perseus-Beta-Agol.
As a teacher, Paul has taught at Northeastern University, Bridgewater State College, and several distinguished community music schools throughout the Boston area. Paul was awarded a grant from the Cambridge, Massachusetts Arts Council, in association with the NEA, to present a series of lecture/performances on the history of the guitar to students in the Cambridge City Schools. He has lectured at several institutions, including Regis College where he presented "A Classical Guitarist in the Age of Technology". At TCU, Paul teaches MUSI 10083 Introduction to Film Music, a course he developed that examines the history and aesthetics of the cinematic soundtrack.
Paul's extensive work with music technology and new media includes designing and building websites for Takamine Guitars and Vater Percussion, developing multimedia presentations that synchronize digital video, audio, and Flash animations into a single format using the SMIL programming language, creating MIDI sequences and online lesson tutorials, and composing soundtracks for interactive applications. His website, SonicSite.com, features loop-based audio content for designers to purchase and utilize in their own multimedia and online projects.
In addition, Paul is also a photographer whose work captures musicians practicing, rehearsing and performing. His images have appeared in Jazz Times, Jazziz, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.
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