Paul Surapine, Claflin Hill's Founder, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra
Paul Surapine began clarinet studies at the age of nine in the public school system of Enfield, CT. Paul graduated from the Hartt School, where he studied with Kalmen Opperman, and continued his studies with Opperman for almost fifteen years.
A brief list of his performance experiences include: The Goldman Memorial Band, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Chamber Orchestra, The Connecticut Pops Orchestra, The Julius Grossman Orchestra at Lincoln Center, Opera Orchestra of New York Productions: Die liebe der Danau, Ring of the Niebilungen; Goodspeed Opera, Little Johnny Jones, Hit the Deck; Hartt Opera Theater, Kiss Me Kate, A Little Night Music, Gigi; The Merrick (L.I.) Symphony Orchestra, The Connecticut Clarinet Consort; The Sylvan Winds of New York City at Carnegie Hall; The Hartford Pops Band, Concertmaster; The Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir; RCA, Carnegie Hall; The Milford Symphony Orchestra; The Milford Concert Band andThe Paul Surapine Clarinet Ensemble.
Solo appearances include performances with The Emerson String Quartet, The Hartford Pops Band, The Manchester (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra; The Columbia County (New York) Orchestra; and The Hartt Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Surapine has given many solo and chamber music recitals in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont. He founded, produces and hosts The Franklin Performing Arts Company Family Concert Series sponsored by Berry Insurance.
Paul has appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York as a member of the Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir in a concert with Richard Stoltzman. Featured on the program was Paul's arrangement for clarinet choir of Debussy's "Golliwog's Cakewalk". He has also recorded with Stoltzman and the Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir for RCA on the recording "Hark", a record of Christmas music.
One of the most active and prolific regional producers of educational and cultural performances, Paul is the Principal Clarinetist and manager of the Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds, formerly the Milford Concert Band, a 35- piece professional wind ensemble, with whom he produces Milford's summer concert series, Family Night at the Bandstand.
He is founder and Executive Director of The Claflin Hill Music Performance Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to creating cultural events in the Worcester-Metrowest-Boston region and creating performance opportunities for the region’s finest resident professional musicians. Its preeminent series include The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford and The Claflin Hill Chamber Music Series at Alternatives in Whitinsville.
Paul is a faculty member at Apple Tree Arts in Grafton, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School in Providence. Paul is the music director of The Claflin Hill Youth Symphonies, formerly the MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra in Framingham. Paul has resided in Milford with his wife, Susan and two sons, Zachary and Joshua since 1992.