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! On the Reflections page you can hear about two new works I have recently composed and others that bring a message of comfort. Psalm 46, which gives hope and encouragement, 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. 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.
Bach Vespers of Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL, Michael Costello, Cantor, recently performed my settings of Psalm 150 and When in Our Music God Is Glorified (at 30:15). Enjoy! The Choral Society of Durham Chamber Choir performed Our Father (at 29:05) on their May concert. A Women and a Coin (2-pt mixed), appropriate for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, is available from Augsburg as also my Easter piece, Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded. Other church works are published in the series, “Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne,” and are available from MorningStar Music.
I serve on the Board of The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival which presents a diverse series of concerts in Harrisonburg, VA, in mid-June each year.
Florence and I also collaborate with the Heifetz International 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 a Saturday close to Bach’s birthday (March 21). In 2022 we will back in person on March 19 performing Cantatas 12 and 140. View Florence’s organ recital from last year!