Paul Unger

Adjunct Instructor of Bass

LAN 234B | 817-257-4465


Bachelor of Music - Indiana University

Areas of Focus

Chamber Music

Paul Unger is currently the Assistant Principal Bass of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

An accomplished bassist and composer, Mr. Unger has appeared as a featured soloist at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Fort Worth/ Dallas Ballet, the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Chamber Music, International Society of Bassists Convention and the Texas Bass Symposium. He has also performed with such esteemed orchestras as The Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony.

Paul is one of the area’s most in demand session and jazz musicians. His outstanding jazz abilities have allowed him to perform and record with such artists as Elle King, Kevin Eubanks, The Who, The Eagles, Leon Bridges, Weird Al Yankovic, Bob Newhart, Bernadette Peters, Cheryl Bentyne, Jay Clayton, Suzi Stern and Andrea Bocelli. Skilled also on electric bass, he has played many official touring Broadway shows, such as Beautiful, Jeckyll and Hyde, South Pacific and Les Miserables.

He leads his own critically acclaimed jazz group, Flipside. A group referred to in Cadence magazine as “contemporary jazz at its best,” “exhilarating and challenging music making that is rarely dull. A band not to be missed.” In 2016 he was voted “Best Bassist” by Fort Worth Weekly magazine.

Mr. Unger has a long history of teaching that includes being an instructor of Double Bass at Texas Christian University, an adjunct teacher at the University of North Texas and teaching assistant at the Centre d’Arts Orford summer program in Quebec, Canada.

In addition to his work as a performer, Paul has written and directed a few films. Including the multiple award-winning film, “The Last Supper,” which appeared in over a dozen festivals, worldwide, such as the Tribeca Film Festival. His film series, “Symphonic Shorts,” a 10 part series on the musicians of the FWSO, received the award for “Best Short Film” at the Fort Worth Film Festival. He has also composed music for the feature films “Seventy-8” and “Deadroom.”