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Paul Mayhew

Assistant Professor of Music Education - Choral

SFA 111

(501) 450-5770


Dr. Paul Mayhew is an Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of Central Arkansas where he teaches courses in music education and conducts the University Chorus. Paul joins the faculty at UCA after serving for seven years as Associate Director of Choirs and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Ohio University. During his time at Ohio University, Paul conducted the OU Choral Union and the OU Women’s Ensemble, taught courses in music education, supervised professional internships, and served as Interim Coordinator of the Music Education Division.


Paul is a 2015-2016 recipient of the University Professor Award for outstanding teaching, given annually to four Ohio University faculty members. The OU Women’s Ensemble was selected for invited performances at the Ohio Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference in 2016 and again in 2020. As a choral conductor, Paul has conducted honor choirs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Oregon and served as an adjudicator at the regional and state level for the Florida Vocal Association.


As a choral pedagogue, Paul has presented research and workshops at the National In-Service Conference of NAfME; at regional conferences for the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City and Chattanooga, TN; and at state conferences in Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, and South Carolina. His recent research study entitled “Sight-Singing Habits of High-Achieving Middle and High School Choirs” was published in Research Perspectives in Music Education in the Spring of 2021. In March of 2022, Paul will present a session on Choral Leadership at the SWACDA Conference in Little Rock.


Paul is in his 37th year as a choral director, having taught high school choir for 17 years in Arizona and Oregon. He has taught on the collegiate level at Northern Arizona University, Heidelberg University in Ohio, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Arizona; a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Northern Arizona University; and a PhD in Choral Music Education from Florida State University.