With deep sadness, the UH Music Department grieves the loss of Paul Barrett. Paul served as our applied bassoon faculty since 1978, teaching and inspiring generations of bassoon students. This is a profoundly sad day for all of his current and former students, the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra (where Paul had served as principal bassoonist for forty years), and the wider musical ‘ohana here in the Hawaiian Islands.
Paul was incredibly dedicated to his family; to his dogs; his friends; and to his students. We will miss his deep musicianship, his passion for his craft, and his big heart for all around him. Paul’s musical legacy will continue to live on through all of us fortunate enough to have studied and worked with him.
More about Paul Barrett can be found here.