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If you have never attended a Sunday Night Unplugged, a monthly service of music and meditation at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, what better time to begin than this Sunday, as we begin our journey with Christ to the cross and to his ultimate victory on Easter Day?
This Sunday at 5 p.m., we will enjoy the beautiful tenor voice of Keith Paulson as he presents meditational music by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Schuman and Handel to put us in a contemplative frame of mind for Holy Week.
Keith was born into a musical family in Minnesota. His father was a musician in the U.S. Navy as a violinist and French horn player. He studied piano for 12 years and frequently accompanied his father. Keith attended the National Music camp in Interlochen, Mich. before his first semester at St. Olaf College. At the camp he performed on the piano and French horn and sang in the chorus.
At St. Olaf College, he was a member of the St. Olaf Choir and studied voice with Kenneth Jennings. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics. He obtained his master’s degree in mathematics from UCLA.
While at UCLA, he met Roger Wagner and later joined Wagner’s Los Angeles Master Chorale for a period of 15 years. During this time, he sang in the Los Angeles Opera Company Chorus and studied voice with Dean Verhines and Johnathan Mack. Concurrent with these singing activities, Keith worked for the Aerospace Corp for 29 years as a software system engineer.
As a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs, Keith is an active member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church choir, the community choir, the symphonic band and has appeared on stage in several Curtains Up Pagosa! musicals.
“Keith is a wonderful example of the incredible musical talent we have available to us in Pagosa Springs,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “He freely gives of his artistic gifts to our church as well as to many musical organizations in town. We are so pleased to feature him at this very special Sunday Night Unplugged service as we begin Holy Week, the most sacred time of the Christian year.”
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Sunday Night Unplugged is offered the second Sunday of each month and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 731-5801.