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Scea, Paul

Scea, Paul (Emmons), woodwinds, educator; b. Washington State, August 25, 1959.

Parents: Robert Scea (b. 1935) Linda Scea (1936-1998). Scea had piano lessons from about age 8-11 and then began playing clarinet in public school bands at age 12. His first teachers were Robert Yetter, Beth Ward Jensen, and Tim Uecker. The latter exposed him to the music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and late Coltrane. It was about age 14 that he became dedicated to jazz and eventually studied at Western Washington University with Scott Reeves. While at WWU he began performing extensively with a number of school-related and other groups. He completed his BM in 1981. After graduating from WWU in 1981 he studied with, worked for, and played with the great tenor player Don Lanphere who is best know for his recordings with Fats Navarro.

In 1982 he began his graduate study at the University of Iowa where he completed a MA in Music Theory. It was during this time that he began developing his musical relationships with Steve Grismore, Damon Short, and Paul Smoker. He later was on the faculty at the UI as Director of Jazz Bands from 1987-1990. He has been Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University since 1996 and the Associate Director of the World Music Center since 2001.

Scea has developed new programs and courses in Jazz Studies and Afro- Cuban Music for West Virginia University and has been a part of faculty delegations to Havana, Cuba. He was also an original board member of the West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival which has given thousands of dollars of scholarship money to West Virginia University's College of Creative Arts.

He works as a free-lance jazz, new music, and Rhythm & Blues performer on woodwinds and MIDI Wind Controller, and is active as a composer, arranger, clinician and adjudicator. His  experience includes performances with hundreds of nationally known jazz and pop artists and music theatre.  His recordings with Damon Short, and the Steve Grismore/ Paul Scea Group are critically acclaimed. He has performed and given workshops throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

Master of Music in Music Theory, University of Iowa 1987
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, Western Washington University 1981

Professional Memberships
International Association for Jazz Education (Past-President of the West Virginia Unit)
College Music Society

Higher Education Appointments
West Virginia University, Associate Professor, Director of Jazz

Studies 2000-present
West Virginia University, Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Studies 1996-2000
West Virginia University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies and Saxophone 1995-96
Seton Hill College, Adjunct Faculty, Woodwinds and Jazz Improvisation 1991-96
West Virginia University, Adjunct Assistant Professor - West Virginia University, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies and Music Theory 1993-94
West Virginia University, Lecturer, Music Education, Music Theory 1992-93
University of Iowa, Visiting Assistant Professor, Director of Jazz Bands 1987-90

Degree Programs Created at West Virginia University
Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy 1999
Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance

Professional Conference Presentations
Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities, "The Current State of Jazz and What the Future Holds," 2003
Clinician: 2001 WVMEA Conference 2001
Presiding Session: WVMEA Conference, WVU 2001
International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference, Session Chair, New York, NY 2001
International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA 2000
Invited Panelist: "How Much Classical Music Should Be Required of Jazz Major?"
West Virginia Collegiate Music Education Association Conference, West Liberty, WV1999
"Aspects of Jazz Improvisation"
International Association of Jazz Educators Eastern Regional Conference, York, PA
"Advanced Jazz Improvisation" 1999
International Association of Jazz Educators Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
"Teaching the History of Jazz in the Next Millennium" 1999
West Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, Morgantown, WV
"Creative Improvisation of Any Ensemble or Instrumentation"1998
Southeast Composer's Guild, Radford University, Invited Panelist
"Live Performance in the Computer Age" 1997
West Virginia College Music Educators Association, West Virginia University
"Working with Jazz Bands" 1997
Marion County Teacher's In Service, Fairmont, WV
"Jazz Methods and Pedagogy"1996
West Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, West Virginia University
"Strategies for Teaching Improvisation" 1996
Monongalia County Teacher's In Service, Morgantown, WV
"Practical Applications for the National Standards for Band Directors" 1996

Selected Published Compositions for Small Jazz Ensemble (Unblurred Music/BMI)
Removable Media
Figure 37
Raze Al
Swallowing the Sun
Of What
Die for a Metaphor
Saab Story
Wishful Thinking
Dream Theme
JJust Pla

Compositions and Arrangements for Big Band
Hora Decubitus (Charles Mingus)
No Parking This Time
Ra in a Pleasant Mood
Sir Real
Triple Threat (Sonny Fortune)
Composition for Horn and Sequencer
Lasher (pub. Unblurred Music/BMI) 1999

Music for Dance
West Virginia University, Mountain Jazz Dance1995
University of Iowa Dance Department1990,1988

Music for Video
Life in a Pond ©1989 by Paul Scea & Franklin Miller 1989
Sky/Forest ©1989 Franklin Miller 1989

Damon Short  Go Figure   9 Winds  NWCD 0231 2002
Damon Short/Paul Scea Brainstorm DepthPerception 006 2002
Paul Scea/Damon Short Balance of Power Southport Records 0068 1999
Damon Short/Paul Scea Quartet Removable Media Southport Records 0060 1998
The Grismore/Scea Group Of What Accurate Records AC-5022 1997
Damon Short  All of the Above Southport Records S-SSD  0028 1994
The Grismore/Scea Group Just Play Accurate Records AC-5006 1994
Don Lanphere Quintet Out of Nowhere HEP 2019  1982

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