New York mourns influential clarinetist, 79

New York mourns influential clarinetist, 79


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2020

The family of Dr Paul Shelden have announced his death from Covid-19. His wife, Pam, remains seriously ill.

A professor emeritus at Brooklyn College and former teacher at Juilliard, Paul Shelden premiered works by Hindemith, Aitken, Etler, Starer, Erb, Brown, Zukofsky and others – mostly on the clarinet, though he also played saxophone and flute.

He was the founder of Diplomatte Music, a company that provides professional-sounding instruments at affordable prices.




  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    This is terribly sad. Paul was an esteemed member of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music where we met. His legacy to music and to our college will be felt for generations to come. Prayers for his dear wife, Pam.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Sympathies. This is truly horrible. There’s a real changing of the guard with this virus. I call it the ‘inheritance pandemic’.