Our director, Paul S. Kushner is the founder of the entire choral program. It was Paul’s vision that set things in motion resulting in what you see today. Paul was born and raised in the San Francisco area, one of three brothers. Blessed with a nice tenor singing voice, Paul always enjoyed surrounding himself with music. When he came to Tahoe in 1977, he worked as a Ski Patroller and in other various jobs until he found his niche as a teacher. Paul studied at Cal State University, Sacramento where he met Dr. Donald Kendrick, the masterful and well known vocal professor and conductor. Paul performed in the choral department under the tutelage of Dr. Kendrick and learned a great deal about teaching singing, instructing choirs and the physiology of singing. After receiving his degree in Mathematics and subsequent teaching credential, Paul began teaching in the Tahoe school system. In 1997, Paul received a Masters Degree in Computer Education. Throughout the years, Paul has performed on stage at various venues from the Lake Tahoe Community Choir to “Fiddler on the Roof” playing the part of Laser Wolf. Paul melds his vast teaching experience with his love of music to produce choirs of superior quality and excellence.
Paul’s oldest daughter graduated last year from New York University in Performing Arts and Musical Composition. Paul’s younger daughter is a junior at UCSD studying Bio Chemistry and Cognitive Science. Her twin brother graduated from the Fire Academy (sponsored by the LTCC) and is currently enrolled in NCTI Paramedic School in San Diego. Paul’s wife Debby is a kindergarten teacher at Bijou Community School.