Director and Founder
Director, Organ Tour
Teacher of Piano and Organ
Paul J. Carroll
Musician Paul J. Carroll works as an organist, pianist, and conductor, and maintains an active career of worldwide projects. As Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, New Jersey, Mr. Carroll works to create a comprehensive parish Music Ministry program. In addition, he teaches at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, NJ and he is the pianist at Temple Shalom in Succasunna, NJ.
Mr. Carroll has worked in Italy since 2001 with Assisi Performing Arts and has performed over 100 concerts throughout the country. In 2013, Mr. Carroll created Organ Tour, a program for organists and pianists to study and play organs — historic and modern — throughout the world. Organ Tour Italia 2013, in collaboration with Assisi Performing Arts, featured a variety of instruments from the Lake Como region to Umbria and Rome. Organ Tour Italia 2014 concentrated solely on the organs of the north – in the region surrounding Lake Como. Organ Tour Italia 2015 took participants to Florence, Pisa, and Rome. Additional musical tours have included the Well-Tempered Clavier Seminar near Lake Como, Italy as well as Organ Tour Argentina and non-musical tours including the Pilgrimage to Poland 2018 and upcoming tours.
From 2013 until the beginning of 2023, Mr. Carroll was the Director of Music at St. Pius X Church in Montville, New Jersey where he worked with the Children's Choir, Adult Choir, and worked on a variety of parish projects including the 2019 organ project and a host of pandemic-era related activities including video editing and managing the parish YouTube channel. From 2007-2013, Mr. Carroll was the Director of Music at St. Louis – a parish of nearly 5000 families in the Archdiocese of Baltimore – during which time he was able to work with an abundance of singers and instrumentalists. The primary focus was to create and expand a united parish-wide music program through which Mr. Carroll facilitated the forming of the Children’s Choir, the growth and development of the high school Youth Band, and the frequent presence of instrumentalists from the parish at Mass. After his time as Director of Music at St. Louis, Mr. Carroll became the Artistic Director of the St. Louis Church Concert Series in Clarksville, Maryland where he had the opportunity to oversee and develop the growing series. During his time at St. Louis, Mr. Carroll has had the opportunity to direct the long-established St. Louis Choir in choral masterworks including the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, Ottorino Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore, John Rutter’s Gloria, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Credo Mass, and Requiem. In addition he has had the opportunity to conduct the St. Louis Concert Orchestra in pieces including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with clarinetist Noelle Lipa, William Walton’s Crown Imperial March, and the Organ Symphony by Camille Saint-Saens with organist Tandy Edward Dix.
Mr. Carroll holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Organ from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Further study includes coursework in liturgy and sacred music at the Catholic University of America and biblical studies at Trinity College. His primary teachers have been Donald Sutherland, organ and Kathleen Pryor, piano. While a student at Peabody, Mr. Carroll was a piano accompanist for countless vocal and instrumental recitals as well as repertoire classes especially for the vocal studios of John Shirley-Quirk and Phyllis Bryn-Julson and the horn studio of Peter Landgren.
As an educator, he created the music program at the then newly created Shoshana S. Cardin School in Pikesville, Maryland, a relationship that continued until the school’s closure in June 2013. While at Cardin he developed cross-curricular projects between music and history as well as music and Judaism. In addition, Mr. Carroll developed an interactive, distance learning Music Theory and Technology course at the Cardin School that has led him to other projects utilizing new technology and distance learning.
Mr. Carroll has been the director and music director for Sister Act, All Shook Up, and Seussical and music director for productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 1776, Willy Wonka Jr., The Fantasticks, The Wizard of Oz, and My Fair Lady; conductor for Guys and Dolls; and orchestral musician for Beauty and the Beast, Cats, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Damn Yankees, and Two Gentleman of Verona.
Mr. Carroll is the President of the New Jersey Chapter of the World Piano Teachers Association. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers' National Association, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.