Paul Jernberg and a choir will be kicking our conference off with choral lauds!
Paul’s numerous choral works, including the Mass of Saint Philip Neri, are sung in many Catholic parishes throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
Paul’s compositions of sacred music have received much critical acclaim. In January 2021, EWTN aired the world premiere of The Song of the Longing Heart, a documentary by French filmmaker Francois Lespes.
Paul is also the founder and director of the Magnificat Institute for Sacred Music, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of sacred liturgical music in the Catholic Church. His organization helps parishes and communities to develop liturgical music programs that emanate integrity, depth, and beauty.
Here’s a small glimpse of Paul’s background. Paul studied music and piano performance at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago.
In addition to his education and training, Paul spent time in Sweden from 1983-1993. There, he participated in the community life of a Franciscan Friary near Gothenburg, through which he was introduced to the treasures of Gregorian chant and Eastern Orthodox sacred music.
Paul returned to the U.S. in 1993, where he has been a parish music director, composer, and educator — in Chicago’s inner city, in Peoria, Illinois, and in central Massachusetts. For 10 years, Paul taught at Trivium School in Lancaster, Massachusetts. There, he taught not only music but also English Literature and Composition, Theology, Latin, French, and Algebra.
Paul continues to compose sacred music today, and we hope that you will get to experience his work in-person at our 2022 conference.
You can find out more about him through the links below, and make sure to give his work a listen!