Wright State to celebrate music school director who died unexpectedly

The director of Wright State University’s school of music died suddenly last month.

Randall S. Paul, 62, died Aug. 19, according to his obituary. Paul became the director of the WSU school of music in 2011. He started at Wright State in 1983 and worked as an adjunct professor of clarinet until 1988 when he was promoted to be a professor.

He also served as director and host of the Aeolian Chamber Music Series at the Hayner Cultural Center in Troy. Paul was the Ohio chairperson for the International Clarinet Association and often worked as a performer and clinician at the Ohio Music Educators Convention, according to his obituary.

Pauil wrote several articles and appeared in The Clarinet, the official publication of the International Clarinet Association. In 2010, he published a book called “Successful Strategies for Clarinet Reed Making-Including a Step-by-Step process.”

Paul was considered a “renowned” clarinet perofroer and his work took him to the Virgin Islands, Canada, Korea, China and Japan.

His first performance at Carnegie Hall received critical acclaim in The New York Times, according to his obituary. He performed at several other high-profile venues including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auitorium.

A gathering of friends and family is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in Shuster Hall at Wright State’s Creative Arts Center with a celebration scheduled for 3 p.m., according to Paul’s obituary.


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