Paul Jerome Grosse
Paul Grosse attained his Bachelors of Music Teaching from the University of Western Australia on an Australian scholarship. He studied under Brian Mitchell and Mark Coughlan and participated in numerous masterclasses under Bart Van Ort and Robert Levin. On returning to Singapore, he received his Master of Arts, as a Research Scholar at the National Institute of Education, researching in Giuseppe Verdi’s operas. Paul is currently a adjunct lecturer at the above institution as well as Singapore University of Social Sciences, lecturing on pedagogy practices, conducting choirs and teaching piano.
Having completed his levels training in both Australia and San Francisco, as well as the Special Course in Salzburg, he works extensively with students from both mainstream and special needs schools. His philosophy are informed by his studies with working with diverse master teachers like Doug Goodkin, Sophia Lopez-Ibor, Wolfgang Stange, Robyn Staveley, Andrea Ostertag, Ulrike Jungmair and Barbara Haselbach.
Paul has written the syllabi for many schools and local universities that have lessons/units using the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy. Paul presently oversees the Singapore Orff Levels. As a local choral conductor, he has worked extensively with children with special needs, youth and children-at-risk as well as in various churches in Singapore, as well as internationally. From 2003-2013, he was the music director of the Sounds of Providence, a performing arts based at Infant Jesus Homes and Children’s Centres (IJHCC). Notable highlights was being the choral conductor for Pathein’s diocese golden Jubilee in 2006(Myanmar), and being one for the choir conductors and accompanist for the inaugural combined SPED schools’ choir. He is presently conducting various community choirs, working with children/youth at risk in both local schools and homes.
Paul has given extensive workshops on the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy in South-East Asia, giving workshops to the marginalised and disenfranchised. He is presently the vice-president of the Orff-Schulwerk Association of Singapore, SingOrff, a mentor for those seeking in-depth knowledge of the Schulwerk, giving courses and workshops internationally. He is presently an artist-mentor with Singapore’s National Arts Council.