Composer of sacred texts for professional & amateur choirs
Conductor of college, church, & community ensembles
Welcome to my website! I am delighted to share my compositions with you, and in the process, form new relationships as well as renew old friendships! This has been a challenging time for all of us. On the Reflections page you will hear a few of my works that proclaim a message of comfort as well as the Easter gospel of life. Psalm 46, which promises divine strength and presence in adversity, was sung in my setting from 2017 at the conclusion of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy:
I invite you to browse my catalog and listen to posted recordings. There are a variety of levels and styles represented. A School Music List for educators is available here. Holy Week and Easter hymns for download are found in the Hymnary. Newly posted are assembly scores and mp3s in Assembly Canticles. I am available to compose a new work for your ensemble, sit in on a rehearsal, or conduct a performance. Please contact me if you are interested in further information, if you wish to peruse a score, or would like to perform one of my works. I look forward to hearing from you!
Blessings and Peace, Paul
After teaching at Lenoir-Rhyne University for twenty years, I retired in 2016 and moved with my wife Florence to Staunton, Virginia, where we enjoy the mountains, the artsy town with its foodie restaurants, Taylor & Boody tracker organs, concerts of the Staunton Music Festival and Heifetz International Institute, and the amazing productions of the American Shakespeare Center.
The Duke University Chorale will perform Our Father in a virtual concert on May 2 at 4 p.m. ET. My recent composition, Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded, is available now from Augsburg Fortress. Some of my other church works are published in the series, “Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne,” available from MorningStar Music. Make A Joyful Noise has been a favorite of church choirs from that series.
I serve on the Board of The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival which presents an amazingly diverse series of noon and evening concerts in June in Harrisonburg, VA. A special spring virtual performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 29th and an auction to support the SVBF runs from April 26-May 10. Consider a donation! Florence and I also collaborate with the Heifetz Music Institute to sponsor twelve hours of performances devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Staunton’s Bach Around the Clock takes place each March on the Saturday closest to Bach’s birthday (March 21). View Florence’s organ recital from this year!