Paul Weber is Professor Emeritus of Church Music and Director of Choral Activities at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina. From 1999-2016 he served as Director of the Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir, which has toured annually throughout the United States and has made twelve tours abroad. From 1996-2016 Weber was the architect and 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 active professionally across the United States. Two of his students, Chelsie Propst and Adrian Smith, appear on this program.
Weber’s hymns, anthems, and liturgical settings are sung across the church. In June, 2017 he conducted the premier of an expansive original hymn arrangement at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a festival choir of two hundred singers. In September 2017 he conducted the premier of a work celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the North Carolina Syn
od’s Reformation Commemoration in Charlotte, NC. He is a contributing composer to hymnals of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. His church anthems are found on the choral series from MorningStar Music Publishers entitled, “Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne.” In 2003 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.
Weber received his doctorate in choral conducting from The University of Iowa, and master’s degrees in composition from Yale University and Washington University, St. Louis. His composition teachers have included Krzysztof Penderecki, Jacob Druckman, and Bruce MacCombie. He has studied conducting and repertoire with Tamara Brooks, Richard Bloesch, Jon Bailey, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Ordained in 1979, Weber served two parishes in western Pennsylvania before being called to teach at Lenoir-Rhyne. He remains on the clergy roster of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and recently served as an interim pastor at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg. Weber serves on the Board of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and continues to fill commissions.