Paul Gibson

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Paul Gibson (b. 1952; Sacramento, CA) received degrees in composition from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, and California State University, Northridge. He 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 (CD-289), a critically acclaimed recording 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. 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 was premiered at LMU in May 2015. In December 2016, his music is set to debut at Carnegie Hall and at St. Olaf’s famed Christmas Festival.

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 as one of the ten best sacred works of 2001. It Fell Upon the High Midnight 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 was described by the Los Angeles Times as “music of vaulting exaltation” and has been chosen for several all-states.

Gibson’s music has been broadcast on hundreds of radio stations and received performances by the LA Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Debussy Trio, and three Grammy-winning choruses: Los Angeles Chamber Singers, the Kansas City Chorale, and the Phoenix Chorale, among many others. He is published by Alliance, ECS, Fatrock Ink, G.I.A., Morningstar, OCP, and Trinitas. Find out more at
Gibson lives with his wife and animal companions in Downey, California.