Paul Halley

Posted on Aug 29, 2018

PAUL HALLEY is a Grammy Award-winning composer, choral conductor, and organist. He is Director of Music at The University of King’s College and The Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, NS. Born in England, Paul was raised in Ottawa, receiving his early musical training at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, and at sixteen was made an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. Awarded the organ scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, Paul received his M.A. with prizes in composition and performance and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. Following post-graduate work as a church musician and teacher with Canadian University Students Overseas, Paul was appointed to a twelve-year term as Organist and Choirmaster at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. During this time, he collaborated with The Paul Winter Consort and contributed as principal composer and keyboardist on multiple Grammy-winning recordings.

Settling in rural Connecticut in 1989, Paul founded the choirs Chorus Angelicus and Gaudeamus and inaugurated a choral and organ scholars program with nearby Yale University.
Paul’s recordings and compositions are distributed by Pelagos Incorporated, and his work has been commissioned and licensed by Sony Entertainment, The Boston Pops Orchestra, CBC, The Toronto Symphony, and Canadian Brass.

Paul and his wife moved to the South Shore of Nova Scotia in 2007 where they enjoy exploring the waters of Mahone Bay in a traditional Cape Cod catboat which rejoices in the name, “Magnificat”.