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Paul McGovernPaul McGovern has over 25 years experience teaching music from kindergarten to college. Currently, he teaches music for the Portland's Public Schools where he directs the choir and teaches classroom music at Ocean Avenue Elementary School. Previously, he has taught music courses and directed choirs at Saint Joseph's College, SUNY-Potsdam's Crane School of Music, and Georgia Southern University. Dr. McGovern received his Bachelor's degree from Queens College/CUNY and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. Before graduate school, he taught music in public schools in the greater Philadelphia, PA area.

Throughout his career, he has conducted and sung in choral ensembles of all types and sizes. He is currently the conductor of the Southern Maine Children's Choir, part of the University of Southern Maine's Portland Youth Ensemble program. For the past four summers, he has prepared the chorus for the White Mountain Musical Arts Summer Bach Festival conducted by Robert Lehmann. Previously, he has served as Conductor of the Granite State Choral Society, based in Rochester, NH, and the University of Maine-Farmington Community Chorus. He has also served as Chorus Master for several PORTopera productions. He is currently studying voice with Christina Astrachan.