Welcome to Paul Melcher, Director of Music
St. Brigid of Kildare Parish is happy to welcome Paul Melcher as our new Director of Music, beginning December 3. Paul is the co-owner of the RED School of Music, a quality music education school in Marysville that instructs students from the greater Columbus area in voice, piano, and a variety of instruments. Paul co-founded the school in 2015 with his wife Chelsea. He served as the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Marysville for nine years and has written the Mass of Archangels as well as piano arrangements for the International Liturgy Publication.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from St. Olaf College, where he sang with and accompanied the St. Olaf Choir across the globe. He studied piano at Grand Valley State University and earned a master’s degree in piano and vocal performance from Central Michigan University School of Music. Paul has been in the Columbus area since 2012, where he has directed, performed, and accompanied for Opera Columbus, Red Chapel Concert Series, Opera on the Edge, BalletMet, Opera Project Columbus, The Ohio State University, and the Refectory Dinner Music Series. He founded the “Music on the Hill Concert Series” which hosted numerous professional musicians across the Midwest. Gratefully serving as the Director of Music at Our Lady of Lourdes, he directed the adult choir and children’s choir and served on the Liturgy Committee. Paul also serves on the voice and piano faculty at Siena Heights University.
Paul is looking forward to getting to know the choirs and instrumentalists at St. Brigid of Kildare and what makes them enjoy singing and playing for Masses. He is also excited to work with the staff and play his part in the active and thriving community here at St. Brigid, whom he has heard such great things about. Paul says, “I always find the church a fascinating place to get to know people with the common knowledge that we are all here to recommit our lives to the Lord and His work every week. It changes the relationships and links ordinary with extraordinary toward a common mission to get to heaven.”
Paul resides with his wife, Chelsea and two curious and fun-loving kids, Michael (age 4) and Molly (age 2). Together they enjoy hiking, reading books and music, music, music. As a parent of two young kids, they have taught him that French-pressed coffee is the most efficient means to get going in the morning!
Paul looks forward to beginning his role at St. Brigid in December and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 761-3734.