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Paul Gibson

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California composer Paul Gibson (b. 1952) had his love for music first sparked during his childhood years when his family lived in a small village in France. Back in the States, he received degrees in composition from Mount St. Mary’s College (University), Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. Composers with whom he studied include 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, arrangements that became his first publications. G.I.A. released A Mass of Life, a critically acclaimed CD collection of his sacred music. Gibson was part of the first Composers Symposium of the Oregon Bach Festival, where three of his choral works were performed. For its 15th anniversary, 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-state choral festivals. 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 premiered in 2015. Recent performances: Carnegie Hall, St. Olaf’s Christmas Festival, Orchestra Hall (National Conference of ACDA in Minneapolis), and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Coming in 2018/19 is the premiere by the Los Angeles Philharmonic of his Fanfare for the LA Phil 100, celebrating the orchestra’s Centennial.

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, Paul Salamunovich, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Children’s Chorus, 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 lives with his wife Carol and animal companions in Downey, California.


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