Composer, Pianist, Teacher
Composer and pianist Paul Sweet has earned regional acclaim as a multitalented musician. He is frequently invited to perform with singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles in Oklahoma and the surrounding region. His recent work as a pianist includes collaborations with concert flutist Alexa Still, Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Chorale, Arkansas Philharmonic, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Council Oak Men's Chorale, Tulsa Camerata, the "First Lady of Country Fiddle" - Jana Jae, and numerous regional artists. Equally at home with younger performers, Paul welcomes many collaborations with students of all levels in auditions, contests, and recitals.
As a composer, Paul has enjoyed recent commissions from Tulsa Botanic Garden, clarinetists Dawn Lindblade-Evans and Michael Scheuerman, and the 2019 OK Electric Music Festival. His catalogue of original compositions includes music for string orchestra, wind symphony, chorus, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics. Piano Pronto Publishing in Temecula, California offers a selection of Mr. Sweet's piano music for students.
In addition to composing and performing, Paul maintains a small piano studio and serves as Director of Music at Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa.
Mr. Sweet earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. His teachers there were David Forbat, Valery Kuleshov, Peggy Spence, and Leon Whitesell.
Away from the piano, Paul enjoys hiking and camping, mushroom hunting, gardening, outdoor picture taking, fancy coffee, embroidery, and spending time with his husband David and their three Pomeranian fur babies.