John F. Paul


Member, Commission on Accreditation
Elected November 2015; term ends November 2018

John F. Paul is Chair of the Department of Music and Associate Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, where he teaches Composition, Analyzing Music, 20th-Century Music, and Chamber Ensemble. Before joining the music faculty at PLU, Professor Paul served for 13 years as Chair of the Department of Music at Marylhurst University.

Professor Paul is an active composer in both traditional and contemporary formats. Former composer and audio group manager of Atari Games/Time-Warner Interactive, his videogame credits include the music scores and sound-designs for Gauntlet Legends, Maximum Force, and Pit-fighter. As a guest composer at the Institute of Psycho-acoustics and Electronic Music (I.P.E.M) in Ghent, Belgium, Professor Paul spent a year creating works to be broadcast over Belgian National Radio. His original score to F.W. Murnau’s silent film, City Girl, has been presented at the Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival, Astoria Music Festival, and by the Vancouver (WA) Symphony. He is a recipient of grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Belgian American Education Foundation.

A native of Iowa, Professor Paul received his Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Composition at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has served NASM as Chair of Region 2 from 2006-2009, and as member of a task force regarding standards for curricula in Sacred Music.
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Posted December 2015