Paul Laprade is the Director of Music at Second First, where he directs choral ensembles and coordinates music for worship. Currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music at the University of St. Francis (Joliet), he studied music at Rhode Island College, Eastman School of Music, and Westminster Choir College, and is currently the Research and Repertoire Chair for Illinois-ACDA.  His interest in church music began at an early age: his first solo vocal/guitar performance in church was at the young age of six. In addition to his professional and church activities, Paul has an active interest in linguistics and cooking. Paul lives in Rockford, Illinois with his two sons, Nathaniel and Jonathan.