Interim Director of Choral Activities & Artist Voice Faculty
Strauss Performing Arts Center | Office 266
phone: (402) 554-3314
Paul Koenig has been a tenor soloist with many musical organizations in the Sioux City, Iowa and Omaha, NE area. He has appeared 5 times as tenor soloist with the Voices of Omaha “Messiah” concert, most recently December, 2007. Major tenor roles include productions of Haydn “The Seasons” and “The Creation”, Mozart “Requiem”, Bach “St. John Passion” and Dubois “The Seven Last Words of Christ”. He earned a Bachelors in Music Education from Morningside College, Sioux City, in 1977 and an MME from Vandercook College of Music, Chicago, in 1992.
Paul taught instrumental music in the South Sioux City, NE schools for 17 years before moving to Omaha in 1996. He was a regular vocal soloist with the Sioux City Municipal Band along with several area college choirs and the Sioux City Symphony. Paul was a chorus member in the 1978 Saratoga Springs, New York summer music festival, singing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Ormandy and Robert Shaw. He was also a member of the 1984 Classical Music Seminar in Eisenstadt, Austria.
Since moving to Omaha Paul has sung in several Opera/Omaha productions, most recently singing the role of the Emperor in Turandot. He also sings with Soli Deo Gloria Cantorum, directed by Almeda Berkey. Paul has taught strings for the Omaha Public Schools and is currently the Minister of Music at Dundee Presbyterian Church. He has presented and conducted major works at the church including Haydn “The Seven Last Words of Christ”, Faure “Requiem”, and Saints-Saens “Christmas Oratorio”, and Handel “Messiah”.
Recent vocal concerts include both sets of Brahms “Liebeslieder Waltzes”, a vocal recital for the Sioux City Chamber Music series singing Vaughn Williams “On Wenlock Edge”, a guest tenor at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in a production of Mendellsohn “Elijah”. He sang the tenor solos in the UNO Choral presentation of “Messiah” in 2007 and recently soloed with the UNO Wind Ensemble singing “Heart of the Morn” by H. Owen Reed. He also has been a voice instructor at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD and both Creighton and Grace Universities in Omaha and currently teaches at UNO. Paul lives in the Dundee area with his wife Janet, an educational specialist with AEA in Iowa, and daughters Aimee, a sophomore at UNL, and Erika, a senior at Central High School.