Composer/conductor Paul French has distinguished himself on the Chicago choral scene. For nearly two decades he has worked in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was named Music Director at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in 2001.
French studied composition, conducting, chant, and organ at St. John's University, Northwestern University, the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra in Rome, and privately with William Ferris.
A composer of more than 200 instrumental and choral works, French was appointed Music Director of the William Ferris Chorale in May 2005. This new role for Mr. French exemplifies the concepts guiding the Chorale, as his history with the organization and with William Ferris underscores continuity of purpose and style. His work as a composer marks the continuation of the Chorale's tradition as an active collaboration between composers, conductor, and singers.