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Paul Gibson

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Paul Gibson (b. 1952), California composer, received degrees in composition from Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. He has studied with Matt Doran, Frank Campo, Aurelio de la Vega, Ian Krouse, and John Harbison. In 1987, he was commissioned to arrange hymns for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Los Angeles. In 1993, G.I.A. released A Mass of Life, a critically acclaimed CD collection of his sacred music. Gibson took part in the Composers Symposium of the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival, where three of his works were performed. For its 15th anniversary in 2001, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus commissioned him to compose Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass (Catalog No. 5870).

Gibson received the Owen Award from Oregon Catholic Press for outstanding achievement in the field of liturgical music, and CREATOR magazine named his Veni Sancte Spiritus (No. 5179) as one of the ten best sacred works of 2001. It Fell Upon the High Midnight (No. 6728) was a winner of the annual Christmas Carol Competition sponsored by the American Composers Forum and VocalEssence, Philip Brunelle, conductor. His chant-based setting of Salve Regina (No. 5330) has been chosen for several all-states. Commissioned by Loyola Marymount University for the Golden Jubilee of the choral program founded by the late Paul Salamunovich, Gibson’s Te Deum for chorus and orchestra premieres on May 1, 2015.

Gibson’s choral works have been broadcast on hundreds of radio stations. His music has been performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, Salamunovich, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Debussy Trio, and three Grammy-winning choruses: the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, and the Phoenix Chorale, among many others.

Gibson works in classical music marketing and lives with his wife and animal companions in Downey, California.


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