Paulo Gomes holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Houston, where he studied with Dr. Charles Hausmann, and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where he received the Departmental Honor Award for outstanding achievement under the tutelage of Dr. Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Craig Smith, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Dr. Gomes is the Director of Choral Music at Blinn College, Brenham Campus, Artistic Director and Conductor of Houston Masterworks Chorus and Founder of the Houston Camerata. During his studies in Houston, Gomes served as the Assistant Director of the Houston Symphony Chorus and the Moores School of Music University Men’s Chorus and Choral Artists. In Massachusetts, Dr. Gomes served as a Visiting Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Clark University and Worcester State University. He has conducted at University of Houston, Boston University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Worcester State University, and Clark University. Dr. Gomes has also been a long-time music educator in Massachusetts, Texas, and Brazil. In 2003 Gomes was awarded Teacher of the Year by his faculty peers at Worcester Public Schools. He has also presented for the 2015 America Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference in Salt Lake City, lectured for Massachusetts ACDA on Brazilian choral music, and served as choir director/organist in the Northeast.
Dr. Gomes was born in Brazil, and has conducted in his country as well as in Italy, Spain, and the United States. In 1992, he received second prize for the “Premio Vicenzo Valenti” conducting the orchestra and choir Josquino Salépico in Molffetta City, Italy. Recently, Dr. Gomes has collaborated with the Ad Deum Dance Company, Terra Nostra Ensemble, and Kinder HSPVA Madrigal Singers of Houston. He has been showcased on Voyage Houston and Shoutout HTX Magazines. Dr. Gomes’ other mentors include Dr. Wayne Abercrombie, Dr. Eph Ehly, Dr. Katalin Kiss, Maestro Roberto Duarte, Maestro Sergio Magnani, and Maestro Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca. As an assistant conductor at the Municipal Theater in Sao Paulo, Dr. Gomes worked with professional singers such as Aprile Millo, Samuel Ramey, and Fernando Portari in the production of the operas Un Ballo in Maschera, Elisir D’Amore, Otello, Aida, and Fidelio.
As a performer, Dr. Gomes advocates for a cappella choral music and choral/orchestral works, and his research interests focus on Brazilian colonial music. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, America Guild of Organists, Texas Music Educators Association, and the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda.