Stephen Paulus

A prolific composer of vocal music, Stephen Paulus has had great success with his operas. His songs set the poetry of American composers from Ogden Nash to Ted Kooser.

Photo: Stephen Paulus, Paulus' official website, photo credit Sharolyn Hagen Photography

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Born in New Jersey, Stephen Paulus grew up in Minnesota and studied at the University of Minnesota with Dominick Argento. In 1978, he earned his Ph.D. in composition and was named Composer-in-Residence of the Minnesota Symphony in 1983.

Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of many awards, including Guggenheim Fellowships and Kennedy Center Friedheim prize. Paulus has composed several operas, four of which were commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. His music has been described as romantic in its lyricism and use of tonality.

–Christie Finn
Source: Elise Kirk’s article in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

Related Information

Recordings

Songs of Love and Longing

(Stephen Paulus)

2008

The Unquiet Heart: American Song Cycles

(Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus)

2007

The Shining Place

(Lee Hoiby, Lori Laitman, Stephen Paulus and Simon Sargon)

2006

Art Song Heritage of the Americas

(H. Leslie Adams and Stephen Paulus)

2003

Stephen Paulus: Songs

(Stephen Paulus)

1995

Songs

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