Paul W. Schultz, Artistic Director and Founder, NWRS
Dr. Schultz taught in the public schools in Michigan for 20 years and has served on the faculties of Tacoma School of the Arts, University of Puget Sound, and Michigan State University. He retired in 2006 after 44 years of teaching. Dr. Schultz prepared and conducted the major choral presentations for the Third World Harp Congress Convention in 1996. He also served as artistic conductor with Tacoma City Ballet and was the founder and first conductor of the Tacoma Symphony Chorus.
Dr. Schultz founded the Northwest Repertory Singers in August 2001. NWRS has quickly become one of the Puget Sound region’s most revered choral ensembles. They are a very select group of distinguished Puget Sound musicians dedicated to performing a wide variety of quality choral music at a high artistic level. Performances during their first decade have received hearty acclaim and played to capacity audiences.
They sponsored the Rolling Requiem in 2002 to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001. This performance of Mozart’s Requiem was presented at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2002 to an audience of more than 900 people at Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma’s Proctor District. The choir has presented collaborations with The Coats, Tacoma Youth Chorus, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, and Northwest Sinfonietta. They received critical acclaim for their 2006 performances of Mozart’s Requiem with Northwest Sinfonietta under the direction of Christophe Chagnard. Their performance for Seattle Pro Musica’s American Masterpieces Choral Festival in June, 2007, received the highest praise from composer Morten Lauridsen and conductor Dale Warland. April, 2008 featured two performances of Beethoven’s Symphony #9 (Choral) with Northwest Sinfonietta and conductor Christophe Chagnard. Maestro Chagnard stated these performances were one of the highlights in the history of Northwest Sinfonietta. The Tacoma News Tribune concluded: “What a joy to have an orchestra and singers of this caliber performing works like this—it’s something Tacoma should be proud of.” Dr. Schultz has twice received the Distinguished Service Award given by the Washington American Choral Directors Association. He was the recipient of the prestigious American Choral Directors Association Northwestern Division Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award in 2004. He is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association and a member of Chorus America. Dr. Schultz remains active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. He resides in Gig Harbor with his wife, composer Dr. Donna Gartman Schultz.
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