Dr Paul Ellison is a native of Liverpool, UK and was educated at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There he studied organ with Christopher Bowers-Broadbent and harpsichord with Virginia Black, gaining the Recital Diploma for Organ Performance (DipRAM). He also studied concurrently at London University where he was awarded a B.Mus degree. He later gained an M.A. in musicology from San José State and a Ph.D. from Cardiff University, UK, awarded for his thesis: “The Key to Beethoven: Connecting Tonality and Meaning in His Music." It was published as a monograph by Pendragon Press in 2014.
He emigrated to the United States in August 1988, and is currently Director of Music at Church of the Advent in San Francisco, High Holiday Choir Director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and a member of the faculties of San Francisco State University and St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School, San Mateo. For five years, he was Editor of The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians and was elected Vice President of AAM in June. He has also recently been appointed Editor of The Beethoven Journal, the periodical of the American Beethoven Society. Among the more interesting highlights of his career Paul has performed for Prince Charles at Trinity College, Cambridge, directed the music at the weddings of actor Julian Sands and director Michael Attenborough (son of Sir Richard) and at the funerals of actor Leonard Rossiter and the Marquesa de Casa Maury (Freda Dudley Ward, sometime mistress of King Edward VIII).