Pianist Karl Paulnack is a recognized speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and thought leader on the Power of Music. He has keynoted major annual conventions such as Texas Music Educators Association, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Iowa Bandmasters Association, CBDNA, Michigan Music Conference, and many others. His writings on music have been cited in numerous publications, orchestra program books, and quoted in official testimony to the United States Congress in support of funding for the arts.
Dr. Paulnack is in his seventh year as Dean of the School of Music at Ithaca College. He previously served for eleven years as the Director of the Boston Conservatory’s Music Division. He has held continuous full-time faculty appointments since the age of 26 and has served on the faculties of Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Round Top, and Madeline Island festivals, as well as the University of Minnesota and University of Southern California.
An elected Commissioner of the National Association of Schools of Music, Karl has led or served on visiting evaluator teams for almost two dozen schools, serving the NASM, NECHE, and Middle States accreditation associations. He also has served as an independent consultant, advising schools on curricula, assessment, and accreditation.
Karl’s passions include developing and coaching leadership, building high-performing teams in high-joy environments, and designing robust, rewarding partnerships between programs and donors. His experience includes productive engagement of conflict; facilitating small group engagement; leading mission, vision and values work; and facilitating workshops designed to foster authenticity, passion, and purpose.