Paul Berns is currently principal percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has served as the Orchestra Personnel Manager for 16 years. At the University of Indianapolis, he gives private lessons, performs chamber music, and is the Percussion Ensemble Director. He served as Director of Percussion for 10 years at Butler University. He has a seven-piece band that performs in Chicago and at many Indiana and Ohio colleges and universities.He has designed two programs being utilized by the ISO education department helping fifth graders with fractions and working with third graders on how to assert themselves through language utilizing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Paul studied with Cleveland Orchestra Musicians Joseph Adato and Cloyd Duff, while receiving his bachelor of music education degree from Baldwin-Wallace College. His teacher and mentor, Vic Firth of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, taught Paul while he was a scholarship student receiving his master of music degree at the New England Conservatory in Boston. While in Boston, he had the honor of playing as an extra with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra under such legendary conductors as Erich Leinsdorf, Seji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Arthur Fiedler. He has performed numerous chamber music recitals in Boston, New York City, and Indianapolis.
Paul served on the board of directors of the International Percussive Arts Society for eight consecutive years and hosted their convention in 1981. He served on the board of directors of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians and served as president of the Carmel High School Orchestra Parents Club. Paul is presently executive secretary for the New World Youth Orchestra board of directors.