Paulo Castro joined the Cathedral staff in May 2021. He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Butler University and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from São Paulo State University in Brazil. A native of São Paulo, Paulo was awarded a full scholarship in 2009 to study at Butler University, where he worked with Henry Leck, Eric Stark, Tim Brimmer, and others.
An active conductor, clinician, pianist, arranger and singer, Paulo is engaged in the Indianapolis arts community, often performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Arts Chorale, and Butler University, accompanying students of all ages in competitions, workshops and musicals in addition to directing school productions.
In 2016, Paulo had the honor to work as the artistic director for the public ceremony that welcomed His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum. He has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Shanghai Oriental Arts Center (Shanghai), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing) and Memorial da America Latina (São Paulo).
As a college student in 2002, Paulo was awarded a scholarship by the Christian Performing Artists Fellowship to participate in the MasterWorks Festival at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he was awarded the Honor Prize for the performance of Brazilian songs for piano and voice. He also appeared in “West Side Story” at the São Pedro Theatre in São Paulo (2003), and he was a member of the a cappella ensemble Canto Ma Non Presto for nine years, performing concerts and the musical “Lado B” in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina.
Before moving to the United States in 2009, Paulo worked for Special Olympics Brasil, organizing cultural events in Brazil and other countries including El Salvador, Argentina and China.