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. Listen to a midi rendering of my Pentecost response, Come, Holy Spirit!, for two-part mixed, organ, and two trumpets or oboe. 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 Choral Society of Durham Chamber Choir performed Our Father on a May 2nd concert entitled I Should Be Glad. My recent composition, Day of Delight and Beauty Unbounded, is available 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 will present a diverse series of virtual concerts from Harrisonburg, VA, June 13-20 with virtuoso performances featuring composer Jessica Meyer’s stunning work, Sagrada Familia: Stained Glass, and Sam Suggs’ Concerto After Haydn for double bass.
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!