Paul D. Weber, D.M.A., M.Div.
Professor Emeritus of Church Music
Former Coordinator, Sacred Music Program
Retired Director of Choral Activities
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
D.M.A., The University of Iowa (Choral Conducting)
M.M.A., M.M., Yale University (Composition)
M.M., Washington University, St. Louis (Composition/Organ)
M.Div., Christ Seminary–Seminex (The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago)
Dr. Paul Weber, Professor Emeritus of Church Music, was Founder and Coordinator of the Sacred Music Program and Director of Choral Activities at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina. For seventeen years he served as Director of the A Cappella Choir. Weber was also the conductor of the Lenoir-Rhyne College Singers and the Chapel Choir. For twenty years he served as coordinator of the University’s Sacred Music Program, developing it into a nationally recognized course of study whose students have attained several honors and awards, have won competitions and are currently serving local congregations or in graduate programs.
The choral series, “Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne,” available from MorningStar Music Publishers, St. Louis, features a variety of Weber’s compositions first performed at Lenoir-Rhyne. Weber is also a contributing composer to recently published Lutheran hymnals: Lutheran Service Book and Evangelical Lutheran Worship.
In February 2007, Weber served as the producer of “Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Hymns Audio Edition, Volume 2” available from Augsburg Fortress Publishers. This compact disc features the A Cappella Choir and Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus in new hymn settings for choir, organ, and instruments arranged by Weber and former sacred music graduate, Michael Costello.
Weber received the Raabe Prize for Excellence in Sacred Composition from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians for a career of outstanding contributions to the profession as exemplified in a specific work. The winning anthem, “Arise, Shine,” published by Augsburg Fortress, was first sung by the A Cappella Choir on its 2001 tour and has received subsequent performances by the National Lutheran Choir, the Luther College Nordic and Cathedral Choirs, and by the Cantorei and Chapel Choir of St. Olaf College.
Weber conducted the Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir in an array of styles and literature with attention given to works from the Lutheran tradition. His own pieces exemplify the continuation of that tradition and have been particular favorites among the Choir’s audiences. Weber’s Magnificat (1997)-for soprano and treble soloists, chamber orchestra, and mixed and treble choirs-received public acclaim in performances throughout the southeast and abroad and was given its 10th anniversary performance on the Christmas at Lenoir-Rhyne concerts in December of 2007.
Weber’s Luthers letztes Gebet, a setting of Martin Luther’s last prayer for mixed choir and solo trombone, was premiered by the A Cappella Choir in concert venues throughout Germany, including a performance at Luther’s grave in the Castle Church of Wittenberg. On its 2007 tour of Estonia, the A Cappella Choir sang Weber’s setting of Jaroslav Vajda’s text, So Much To Sing About, written for the celebration of Paul Manz’s 70th birthday.
Weber received a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from The University of Iowa, a master of musical arts degree in composition from Yale University, and a master of music degree in organ performance and composition from Washington University, St. Louis. His composition teachers have included Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie, and Roland Jordan. He has studied choral repertoire and conducting with Tamara Brooks, Richard Bloesch, Jon Bailey, Joseph Flummerfelt, Robert Bergt, and Ralph Schultz. Prior to his tenure at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Weber held conducting positions at Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania, and The Albertson College of Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho.
He was in the first graduating class of Christ Seminary-Seminex and received a master of divinity degree through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He attended Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, and Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, before registering at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained in 1979. His ministry has included two pastorates in western Pennsylvania. Weber is married to Florence Jowers, former University Organist at Lenoir-Rhyne and Conductor of the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus. They are the parents of three talented adult children: Erin, Jeffrey, and Amanda.