Officers of the Academy
USA Representative: Dr Paul M Ellison
PhD MA BMus(London) DipRAM FASC
Paul is a native of Liverpool, England, where he
was born in 1956.
He grew up in Surrey, and was educated at the
Royal Academy of Music in London, studying organ
with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and gaining the
Recital Diploma for Organ Performance (DipRAM);
London University where he was awarded a BMus
Queens’ College, Cambridge;
San José State University, where he took an MA in
and Cardiff University, where he holds a PhD
degree, awarded for his thesis "The Key to
Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning
in His Music"
During his time in London, Paul was Assistant
Organist at St Pancras Church near Euston Station,
and at St Mary-at-Hill Church in the City of
London, and Director of Music and Organist at St
Mary’s Church, The Boltons, in London’s
He emigrated to the United States in August 1988,
and is currently Director of Music and Organist at
the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San
Francisco’s historic Anglo-Catholic parish.
There he directs the professional choir,
in a repertoire which ranges from Gregorian Chant
to Messiaen and premiers of commissioned works.
He directed the first ever recording of
Missa Confitebor tibi
Palestrina for Eight Voices,
which was released in 2006.
He is also
High Holiday Choir Director
at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and a
member of the faculty at St Matthew’s Episcopal
Day School, San Mateo.
He has taught at San José State University and has
been Assistant and now Associate Editor of
The Beethoven Journal,
the periodical of the
American Beethoven Society
In July 2010, he was appointed Editor of
The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Paul has been a lecturer in the Music Department
at San Francisco State University since 2002,
teaching classes in music history at both graduate
and undergraduate level.
He is also a contributor of articles, program
annotations and liner notes to various
He recently edited Dear Max/Lieber Malcolm for
which was published in July 2010.
It is a record of the extensive correspondence
between pianist Malcolm Frager and conductor Max
His first book:
The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and
Meaning in His Music
will be published by
later this year.
Among the interesting highlights of his career
Paul has performed for HRH The Prince Charles at
Trinity College, Cambridge, directed the music at
the weddings of actor Julian Sands and director
Michael Attenborough and funerals of actor Leonard
Rossiter and the Marquesa de Casa Maury (Freda
Dudley Ward, romantically associated with King