Earth in Delight
Commissioned for the initial concert by the Ex Indigo Singers, this three-movement cantata on spring uses texts by John Milton and E. E. Cummings. Gibson composed it in 1980 and Tracey Linden (now Adams) conducted Ex Indigo in the premiere. Watch and listen on YouTube.
Its Lamp Was the Lamb
Using close counterpoint and elegant lines, this is a setting from the Book of Revelation, 21:22-23 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, […]
Lauda anima mea
This setting of the Offertory for the Third Sunday of Easter (Psalm 145:2) uses the Latin form of: Praise the Lord, O my soul: I will praise the Lord throughout my life; I will sing to my God for as long as I live, alleluia.
May 14, 2021
Triad: Boston’s Choral Collective is set to include In vino veritas on their YouTube concert beginning at 8pm Eastern, on Friday, May 14. Please tune in!
December 28, 2020
After considerable delay, Ritual Dances (of the Divine Trinity) can now be heard and seen on YouTube.
June 13, 2019
While on her final tour leading the choruses of Loyola Marymount University, Dr. Mary Breden conducted my Salve Regina after evensong at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.
June 1, 2019
On June 1, on the steps of Walt Disney Concert Hall, 13 brass players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic gave the premiere of my Fanfare for the LA Phil 100, composed for the Phil’s Centennial season.
May 3, 2019
December 6, 2018
On December 6 and 8, Dr. Mary Breden conducted the premiere of Sleep, Holy Babe, for chorus and solo trumpet, at Loyola Marymount University, as part of LMU’s annual Christmas concert. Recording now available on YouTube.
November 3, 2018
Eminent conductor and organist John Romeri, music director at Christ Cathedral in Orange County, interviewed me for his radio program “Music from the Tower.” It will be broadcast on KHJ 930 AM and KCEO 1000 AM on Saturday, November 3. It then becomes available online at ChristCathedralMusic.org beginning Monday, November 5.
October 30, 2018
June 12, 2018
April 25, 2018
April 15, 2018
March 11, 2018
March 3, 2018
As part of the Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association’s 89th Annual Festival Concert, the Consort Singers of Loyola Marymount University performed my setting of Salve Regina at a packed house in Bovard Auditorium at USC. Dr. Mary Breden conducted and composer/conductor Z. Randall Stroope (far right) adjudicated.
February 15, 2018
Los Angeles Philharmonic announced that the full 13-member brass section of the orchestra will premiere my Fanfare as one of their 50+ commissions for their Centennial season, 2018/19. Details to be announced.
December 17, 2017
On December 17, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the Pasadena Symphony under Grant Cooper gave two performances of my Ring Out, Wild Bells as part of its Holiday Candlelight concert at All Saints, Pasadena.
December 3, 2017
Accompanied by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus gave the premiere of my Ring Out, Wild Bells on December 3, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. (Composers Nick Strimple and Dale Trumbore share a bow with me.)
November 11, 2017
Dr. Mary Breden led the Festival Honor Choir of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival in Gibson’s Salve Regina on NOV 11 in the acclaimed acoustics of Stretansky Hall (right) at Susquehanna University.
November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017
March 10, 2017
Gibson’s Noel, Noel, Noel was included in St. Olaf College’s two performances, March 10-11, in Orchestra Hall, as part of the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Minneapolis. Mark Stover conducted the Viking Chorus.
December 11, 2016
The superb singers of the National Children’s Chorus, conducted by Luke McEndarfer, performed Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace as part of their Carnegie Hall concert devoted to Peace. The program was repeated the following Saturday, December 17, at L.A.’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
December 1, 2016
August 21, 2016
The final concert of 2016’s unSUNg series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale included my first and latest song sets.
Four extraordinary musicians – tenor Charles Lane; Paul Sherman, oboe; Melinda Rice, viola; and Roger Lebow, cello – opened the concert with Two Songs on Chinese Love Poems (c. 1977).
To close, prize-winning pianist Robert Thies joined two members of the prize-winning European Concert Trio (Harriet Fraser, soprano; Amanda Walker, clarinet) to reprise my recent William Blake settings, The Shepherd’s Lot, a companion piece to Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock.”
May 15, 2016
As part of Dr. Sally Etcheto’s celebratory retirement recital, a reunion of former members of Zephyr: Voices Unbound sang Gibson’s chant-based Salve Regina, which was composed for Zephyr’s Mission Music CD. This FREE concert was presented in the Music Building of California State University, Dominguez Hills on May 15.
February 19, 2016
The award-winning ensemble European Concert Trio (Amanda Walker, clarinet; Harriet Fraser, soprano; Irina Bazik, piano) gave the three premiere performances of Gibson’s The Shepherd’s Lot, a companion piece to Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, on Feb. 19-21 in Encinitas, Torrance, and Beverly Hills.
February 15, 2016
I have recently created a YouTube playlist exclusively for my choral music. It will be growing steadliy as I add more score-videos to the site. Click here to explore: Choral Music by Paul Gibson
December 13, 2015
Artistic Director Grant Gershon and the Los Angeles Master Chorale beautifully performed my 8-voice expansion of the Renaissance motet Rejoice in the Lord Alway, using SATB choir and brass quartet, as part of their Christmas concert this season. Hear the double choir version.
May 8, 2015
The Texas Choral Directors Association has selected Paul Gibson’s Noel, Noel, Noel (four-part men’s chorus, English horn) in the category of High School; Holiday. The recent ECS release can be previewed here.
May 4, 2015
On Monday, May 4, the Debussy Trio recorded Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 at the Performing Arts Center of Soka University. The three contrasting movements are entitled: 1. “Forgetting the Words,” 2. “So sad, so strange the times that are no more,” 3. “DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell.”
May 1, 2015
Dr. Mary C. Breden led the combined choruses of Loyola Marymount University with professional orchestra in the world premiere of Paul Gibson’s Te Deum on May 1, 2015, in Sacred Heart Chapel at the Jesuit school. Watch the score and hear the premiere on YouTube.
April 21, 2015
September 19, 2014
The Debussy Trio performed Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 at the Morrison Center, Idaho’s Premier Performing Arts Center, at Boise State University.
December 14, 2013
As part of their Jubilate celebrations, the National Children’s Chorus performed Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us peace at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York on December 14, and at the Broad Theatre in Santa Monica on December 21, led by Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer.
November 17, 2013
Inspired by the poem “Asleep” by Wilfred Owen, Gibson’s He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament for English horn and string quartet was given a read-through on Nov. 17 by Sarah Bloxham, Tom McEvilley, Robert Matsuda, Matthew Witmer, and Roger Lebow, recorded by engineer Paul Sobosky.
November 16, 2013
September 29, 2013
June 23, 2013
Gifted mezzo-soprano Amy Fogerson presented a program of L.A. composers, including Gibson’s Strong As Death, a cycle of three songs on different aspects of love. The songs are 1. “An Evening Song” (lyrics attributed to Esther Mathews), 2. “Infinite Fires” (from The Song of Songs, translated by Marcia Lee Falk), and “He Fumbles At Your Spirit” (Emily Dickinson).
Sunday, June 23, 3pm,
San Marino Community Church
June 1, 2013
Gibson’s setting of Hyfrydol, One in Faith, was sung at the liturgy on June 1, 2013, at Holy Family in New Rochelle, NY, to celebrate 100 years of the parish’s existence.
April 27, 2013
The acclaimed Debussy Trio performed Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 (flute, viola, harp) at two concerts in the Bay Area.
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Del Valle Fine Arts Series
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 8pm
Bankhead Theater (pictured)
2400 1st Street, Livermore
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Berkeley Chamber Performances
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 8pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
March 3, 2013
The superb Natur Early Music Ensemble gave the world premiere of Gibson’s In qual parte del ciel (“In what part of heaven”) on Sunday, March 3, as part of “Sundays at Two” at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church. The setting of Petrarch’s sonnet is scored for four women’s voices and alto recorder.
February 12, 2013
Gibson’s setting One in Faith (hymn tune: HYFRYDOL) for chorus, brass, timpani, and organ was once again sung for the installation of a bishop: the Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on February 12, 2013.
December 20, 2012
Conductor Charles Bruffy led his Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale in five performances of Gibson’s It Fell Upon the High Midnight in and around Phoenix, AZ, on December 20-23, 2012. The solo cello part was taken by bassoon.
December 12, 2012
Choral music publisher ECS has just released Gibson’s Easter anthem This Peerless Dawn, for SATB chorus and organ with optional brass quintet.
December 10, 2012
Gibson’s setting for chorus, brass, and organ of One in Faith (hymn tune: HYFRYDOL) was sung for the installation of Bishop Kevin Vann as the fourth bishop of Orange on Monday, December 10, at the Bren Events Center at UCI.
December 9, 2012
November 22, 2012
ECS has recently begun editing two new Christmas pieces for SATB and flute: O Winter Winds, Be Still and Drive the Cold Winter Away. Release date tba.
November 15, 2012
Gibson has recently completed a quintet for English horn and string quartet entitled He Sleeps Less Tremulous: A Lament, which was inspired by a Wilfred Owen poem, Asleep.
June 13, 2012
ECS Publishing officially released Paul Gibson’s joyous Christmas carol Hail, O Blessed Light at the Chorus America conference. The setting of William Austin’s text “All this night shrill chanticleer, Day’s proclaiming trumpeter, Claps his wings and loudly cries, Mortals, mortals, wake and rise!” is for SATB chorus and four-octave handbell choir. See (and hear) the piece on ECS’ website.
May 20, 2012
The National Children’s Chorus under Luke McEndarfer reprised Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace at their Spring Showcase, May 20, at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood. NCC will also take the piece on tour to New York in late November.
April 15, 2012
The Debussy Trio gave the world premiere of Gibson’s Ternion Sonata No. 1 on April 15, 2012, in Lewisburg, West Virginia, at the Casasanta Loft (122 N. Court Street), presented by the Casasanta Foundation. The piece was repeated on April 16 at the Alexander Fine Arts Center of Concord University in Athens, WV.
April 13, 2012
Gibson’s Salve Regina was in the repertoire for the Tennessee Music Educators Association convention performance by the Tennessee All-Collegiate Choir, led by Dr. Charles R. Robinson, at the Chattanooga Convention Center on April 13, 2012.
March 30, 2012
Luke McEndarfer led the National Children’s Chorus in Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace as part of Journey of Song, Friday, March 30, at the beautiful Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
January 21, 2012
Dr. Mark Sumner led the 200-voice Oklahoma All-State Mixed Chorus in Gibson’s Salve Regina as part of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association’s annual convention, January 21 in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (right). (Hear the piece on YouTube).
November 10, 2011
ECS Publishing has officially released two more of Paul Gibson’s choral works. Both pieces can be heard and seen by downloading PDFs that have the music embedded in them. The first piece – Spiritus Sanctus vivificans vita – is a setting of a hymn by Hildegard of Bingen. The second – Here Is a Soul – uses fragments of the Psalms as its text.
October 22, 2011
On Saturday, October 22, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the American Composers Forum/Los Angeles presented the final seven compositions in this year’s composition competition. In addition to Paul Gibson’s A Little Fugue on a Whimsy (fl, cl, bsn) the program included works by Adrienne Albert, Arbel Bedack, Mitch Glickman, Garth Herberg, Robert Kotcher, and Gernot Wolfgang, all performed by Third Wheel.
October 15, 2011
Beginning in October, 2011, Music Director Roy Spicer and the Choir of St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission Santa Barbara will release a CD of their Pre-Tour Concert, presented last October at the Mission. The repertoire, which they then performed throughout Italy, included Paul Gibson’s arrangement El Cantico del Alba.
August 6, 2011
April 24, 2011
Gibson’s Easter anthem This Peerless Dawn, for SATB, brass quintet, and organ, was reprised this past Easter by Tom Neenan and his St. Matthew’s Parish Choir, Pacific Palisades.
April 10, 2011
The Debussy Trio gave a private preview of Gibson’s three-movement Ternion Sonata No. 1 on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at their soirée in Pacific Palisades.
March 12, 2011
On Saturday, March 12, Christopher Russell led the strings of the OCHSA Orchestra in the world premiere of Gibson’s In Memoriam: Elegia-Passacaglia at the Orange County High School for the Arts.
February 13, 2011
The Pasadena Pro Musica under Stephen Grimm performed Gibson’s Salve Regina as part of their “Alive and Well and Living in L.A.” program on Sunday February 13, 2011. See the flyer.
October 26, 2010
Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence have released a Christmas CD that includes Gibson’s carol It Fell Upon the High Midnight for SATB and cello. To see lyrics and order the CD, visit the Gothic catalog.
October 22, 2010
The Debussy Trio will give the first performances of Gibson’s DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell for the South Bay Chamber Music Society. Free admission.
October 22, 2010 – 8pm
Los Angeles Harbor College
Music Department – Recital Hall
1111 Figueroa Place
October 24, 2010 – 3pm
Pacific Unitarian Church
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
October 16, 2010
The De Angelis Vocal Ensemble present a concert entitled “Ikon” on October 16 at the Basilica of Mission San Juan Capistrano, featuring music by Tavener, Pärt, Rachmaninoff, Holst, Górecki, Penderecki, and others. The program includes Gibson’s Salve Regina.
September 12, 2010
The Debussy Trio gave a preview performance of Gibson’s DT Variations in a Tasty Rondo Shell on “Sundays Live,” in LACMA’s Bing Theater.
April 25, 2010
Gibson’s The Love of Our Creator was performed Sunday, April 25, by the Choir of Pacific Palisades Presbyterian Church, Lenard Berglund conducting, with Pat Maki, flute, and Gary Cobb, piano.
April 17, 2010
As part of the LACC-hosted María Guinand Festival, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performed Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace on Saturday April 17 at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
March 9, 2010
View the new YouTube video of my recent elegy for string orchestra.
February 27, 2010
The Chamber Singers of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus sang Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem as part of a joint benefit concert with the Chorissima Ensemble of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in Stewart Chapel at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
February 21, 2010
Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace was performed by the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus on The Broad Stage February 21 at 4pm.
November 14, 2009
As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s West Coast, Left Coast festival, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performed a special concert at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. The Christmas-related program featured works by contemporary California composers, including Paul Gibson. Read the LACC press release.
November 8, 2009
Singers Viki Hilferty and Jonas Sills with pianist Jim McCarthy presented the world premiere of Paul Gibson’s sacred song Francis Walks on Water at All Saints Catholic Church in Los Angeles.
October 5, 2009
The Debussy Trio’s latest recording, Look Ahead (Item # 131-5012), which includes Gibson’s Ritual Dances of the Divine Trinity is now available as individual mp3 downloads. Visit Fatrock Ink to sample or purchase.
August 1, 2009
June 14, 2009
LEGACY Vocal Ensemble presented a meditative program of Marian music in three churches around Los Angeles, each concluding with Paul Gibson’s motet Salve Regina (ECS #5330).
June 4, 2009
On June 4, John Mayer and his Trio appeared with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus performing “California Dreamin'” on the new Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. The chorus sang from a chart prepared by Paul Gibson for the occasion. Link to NBC (chapter 6).
May 16, 2009
Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus conducted Paul Gibson’s Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass (ECS #5871) – with a newly arranged instrumental ensemble – on their two spring concerts, May 10 and 16.
May 3, 2009
Lucinda Carver led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus in Paul Gibson’s Suite: Alice Through a Looking-Glass – 2pm, May 3, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale.
May 1, 2009
Lesley Leighton led the Los Robles Master Chorale in music of South America and Southern California, including Paul Gibson’s arrangement of the California mission song El Cantico del Alba, – May 1 and May 2, at The Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park, CA. More at LosRoblesMasterChorale.org
February 14, 2009
January 25, 2009
Russell M. Beaudoin led the choir and congregation of St. Paul Parish (Owosso, Michigan) in the hymn “In Christ There Is No East or West” – using brass parts by Paul Gibson – in celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.
December 6, 2008
Mary Breden and her Consort Singers of Loyola Marymount University presented the West Coast premiere of Paul Gibson’s prize-winning carol It Fell Upon the High Midnight (ECS #6728) on Dec 4 and 6.
September 13, 2008
On September 13, soprano Viki Hilferty, tenor Jon Lee Keenan, and organist Jim McCarthy gave the first performance of Gibson’s The Bell of Brother Francis, celebrating St. Francis de Paolo; Fr. Gino Vanzillotta composed the poem and commissioned the setting.
July 30, 2008
The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus recently took their first-ever tour to China, just prior to the 2008 Olympic games. Performances in China’s major cities included Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace.
June 28, 2008
On Saturday, June 28, 2008, the New World Baroque Orchestra presented their annual Festival of the Bells at the Mission of San Luis Obispo. Conductor John Warren ended the program with Paul Gibson’s simple arrangement of El Cantico del Alba, a folk song/prayer from the mission period. Click for more information about the Festival.
June 11, 2008
Spring 2008 NEW ISSUE packet from ECS included Gibson’s It Fell Upon the High Midnight (6728), along with a new recording of it.
June 7, 2008
As part of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ annual Spring Concert on June 7, 2008 at Ambassador Auditorium, the Intermediate Choir gave the premiere of Paul Gibson’s arrangement of the old French song L’amour de moy (for two-part chorus, oboe, and piano), conducted by Mandy Brigham who had commissioned the setting.
March 8, 2008
March 4, 2008
Paul Gibson’s setting of Emily Dickinson’s stunning poem of hopelessness has been released by E.C. Schirmer in their 2008 Winter packet. PDF of the score (including audio) is available now online.
February 28, 2008
On February 28, 2008, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus gave a well-received performance at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Anaheim. LACC’s program included Paul Gibson’s Dona nobis pacem/Grant Us Peace (Alliance AMP 0638). Attendance set a record for a Western Division Convention, with nearly 1000 registered attendees.
March 19, 2007
Here is an excerpt of Gibson’s In paradisum – a brief contemplation of the Gregorian chant, as premiered by organist Audrey Jacobsen.