Paul Byssainthe, Jr. is an accomplished, award-winning organist, pianist, conductor, and composer. A native of Long Island, NY, he currently serves as the Director of Music at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, MD. Paul is a graduate of Andrews University, where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and the Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting, studying with Kenneth Logan in Organ, and Claudio Gonzalez and Stephen Zork in Conducting. During his time at Andrews, he served as a Graduate Conducting Assistant, conducting major works by Tchaikovsky, Barber, Brahms. Paul is currently pursuing Graduate Organ studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he also serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Ear Training Department. He works extensively as a Producer, Arranger and Orchestrator for various recording projects through his production company, Zamar Music Group.
An active performer in the Atlantic region, Paul recently performed a solo concert at the Franciscan Monastery (Washington, D.C), and as a collaborator on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage for the Washington, D.C. premiere of the Philadelphia Community Mass. In June 2018, Paul was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 American Guild of Organists’ National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance held in Kansas City. Upcoming engagements include collaborations with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall, as well as solo performances in the DC area in the Spring of 2019. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and currently serves on the board of the DC Chapter.