Stephen Paulson


SFS member since:  1977

Hometown:  Long Island, NY

Music schools you attended:  Eastman School of Music

Began playing music: At age 10

Musical inspirations:  Listening to my parents’ classical records

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a:  Firefighter

Favorite composers:  Mahler, Strauss, Sibelius, Stravinsky

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Stravinsky, Rite of Spring; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7; Mozart, Bassoon Concerto; my bassoon concerto

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Cooking, hiking

Recent reading: The Rest is Noise, by Alex Ross; No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

On my CD player/iPod: Whatever Symphony Parnassus has coming up
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hike Mt. Tam and Point Reyes

Plus:  I also serve as music director of Symphony Parnassus.