OSU Greenwood School of Music Associate Professor of Trombone, Paul Compton, joined the faculty in 2003. Paul is and an artist for Edwards Trombones and Griego Mouthpieces, and a faculty member for the Georgia Trombone Summit. Since 2012, Paul has been an artist for the Trombonanza Festival in Santa Fe, Argentina five times, and he was also an artist for the 2020 Tourbon Festival in Santiago, Chile. Paul has appeared as soloist with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Santa Fe (Argentina) Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe (Argentina) Municipal Band, Camerata Eleutheria Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, and Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra. Paul has premiered numerous compositions for trombone, including works by composers Joseph T. Spaniola, James Kazik, John Cheetham, and Michael Schneider. Paul is a recipient of the OSU Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award, OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts.
Paul’s students have earned over 80 top honors in state, regional, national and international competitions. Studio ensembles have won the prestigious International Trombone Association Emory Remington Trombone Ensemble Competition, International Trombone Association Trombone Quartet Competition, American Trombone Workshop National Trombone Quartet Competition, Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition, Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Best Classical Group, and the IWBC Ginger Turner Brass Ensemble Competition.