Paul Safar

Paul SafarPaul Safar is a versatile composer, performer and music educator living and working in Eugene, Oregon. Having received his B.Mus from the College- Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, he draws upon his classical music training while encorporating various popular styles. He has produced six CDs of original music, from folk to classical to jazz and children’s music. His choir pieces have been performed in Seattle and Eugene and his chamber music in New York City’s CAMI Hall. In 1995, Paul had an original folk opera, “Chenoa” performed by the Dark County Civic Theatre in Greenville, Ohio. He wrote the music for the children’s theatre musical “Nisse’s Dream” (Book by Nancy Wood) premiered at the Lord Leebrick Theatre, Eugene, OR in summer 2005.
Paul Safar and Nancy Wood, co founders of Cherry Blossom Musical Arts have produced numerous theatrical works in the Eugene area. These performances emphasizePaul Safar collaboration with dancers, poets, video and circus artists to live, original music. Paul received the Oregon Music Teachers Composer of the Year Award for 2013-14. His song cycle “The Warbler Sings” was premiered at the Newport Center for the Performing Arts in August 2014. Paul is a member of Cascadia Composers, the Oregon area chapter of NACUSA. He has had his pieces performed in Portland by Fear No Music and at the Portland International Piano Festival. Paul is in demand as a freelance pianist and vocalist. As a chamber music performer he works both as accompanist to soprano Nancy Wood and half of a piano duo with Ben Farrell. He enjoys a busy piano teaching studio working with students of all ages.

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