Philip Malcolm Paul, ED.D.



Dr. Richard D. Howe, “Philip Malcolm Paul, ED.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 22, 2024,

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Philip Malcolm Paul, ED.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Music Philip Malcolm Paul (August 20, 1934-), was born in Miami, Florida. Two brothers were born in Miami also: Richard Allen is a certified public accountant living in Eustis, Florida, and David Eugene is a Methodist minister in Florida. Paul graduated from Miami Senior High School in 1952. He attended the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees of music in music education. In 1973, he earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Georgia, Athens. Paul married Lorna Jean Culham (October 24, 1935-October 10, 2007). Lorna was an artist/ musician in her own right. She was a volunteer music leader for church and weekly visited area nursing homes before her stroke in 1979. Dr. Paul has eight nephews and two nieces, four grandnephews, and four grandnieces. Paul married Jo Ann Williams in Williston, Florida on April 25, 2008. Jo Ann was a student at Appalachian State University and they have known each other since 1970. She is a retired middle school principal in Florida. From 1956 to 1958, Paul was in the Third Army Headquarters Band at Fort McPherson, Georgia, where he played French horn and served as librarian and rehearsal conductor. Paul began his teaching career in 1958 as a band and chorus teacher at Cross Keys High School, Atlanta, Georgia. From 1960 to 1966, he taught in Florida high schools while directing music at local churches and offering private studio lessons. Paul joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 1966 as an instructor in the Hayes School of Music, and, in 1968, he was promoted to assistant professor. On leave from Appalachian State from 1969 to 1970, he was a part-time instructor of music while working on his doctorate at the University of Georgia. Granted tenure at Appalachian State in 1972, he became an associate professor in 1974 and a full professor in 1978. He was a member of the graduate faculty when he retired in 1997. Paul's teaching responsibilities included courses in music theory, aural skills, music education; he also led the Appalachian Men's Glee Club and various other ensembles for thirty-one years. Under his direction, the Men's Glee Club was selected as the feature ensemble for one of the three General Sessions of the North Carolina Music Educators Association Annual Conference. Paul's other teaching experiences included instructing at the United States Army Band Training Unit at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the University of Miami Summer Band Camp; and at Appalachian State's Cannon Music Camp. During his academic career, Dr. Paul was responsible for appointing student conductors, supervising Appalachian Field Experience student teachers, and for coordinating the graduate music program at Appalachian State. He also was a graduate faculty advisor. Paul was nominated for the Outstanding Teacher Award at Appalachian State in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1990, and he was recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Student Government Association in 1996. His teaching efforts were further recognized when he received the North Carolina Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 1997. In addition, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was conferred upon him by North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., on April 19, 1997, and Mayor Velma Burnley of Boone proclaimed that date as Philip M. Paul Day in the town. Paul also was the recipient, in 1983, of the "Orpheus Award" from Rho Tau chapter, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and he was elected and initiated as a "Friend of the Arts" by Epsilon Theta Chapter, Sigma Apha Iota, in 1991. Dr. Paul served on numerous university and departmental committees during his tenure, including the Academic Policies and Procedures Committee; the Department of Industrial Education and Technology Graduate Program Review Committee; and the Faculty Development Advisory Board, Hubbard Center for Faculty and Staff Development. Within his department, he sat on the Advisory Council, the Chair Review Committee, the Comprehensive Musicianship Evaluation Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Program Review-in-House Committee, the Departmental Personnel Committee, the Music Library Committee, and the Music Honors Committee. Paul was also the recital and concert calendar coordinator and chair of the Graduate Entrance Examinations Committee. His research efforts and creative activities include the following: • "Grading the Advanced Placement Examination in Music: 1981 and 1982." College Entrance Examination Board. • "Grading the Advanced Placement Examination in Music: 1979 and 1980." College Entrance Examination Board • 450+ orchestral, solo, and chamber music performances on horn since 1960. • 275+ concerts as director of Appalachian's Men's Glee Club since 1966. • 100+ performances as director of various other choral and/or instrumental off-campus ensembles. Moreover, music theory examinations which Paul developed for his dissertation were reviewed by the Educational Testing Service and considered for inclusion in the Advanced Placement Examinations in Music. His examinations are currently being utilized as evaluation instruments for entering and transfer students by the School of Music at the University of Georgia; by the Department of Music at Mercer College, Atlanta, Georgia; and by the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State. Throughout his career, Paul played with various musical groups, including faculty brass and woodwind quintets at the University of Georgia and at Appalachian State. He also performed, from 1960 to 1966, with the Miami Beach Symphony, the Fort Lauderdale Symphony, and the Greater Miami Philharmonic. His performances included, as well appearances with the Western Piedmont Symphony (current since about 1984) and with the North Carolina Symphony for four summers during the Appalachian Summer performances. Paul retired playing French horn with the Western Piedmont Symphony at the end of the 2006-2007 season. He also retired as the personnel manager with the symphony in December of 2007, a position he had held since 2000. Dr. Paul devoted much time to professional service on university, community, and regional levels. He adjudicated high school orchestra auditions, music festivals, and band contests in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He conducted choral and instrumental clinics for various churches, choirs, and schools throughout North Carolina, and held offices in the following organizations: Advisory Council, Cannon Music Camp; Catholic Campus Ministry; Newman Student Association; Rho Tail Chapter, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; and the Wesley Foundation. In addition, he was a co-founder, advisory board member, and co-host/ coordinator of Southeast Horn Workshops. Paul also served as a reader, chief reader, and consultant to the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in music. Other professional alliances include the American Choral Directors Association, the College Music Society, the Intercollegiate Men's Chorus Association (board of directors), the International Horn Society (North Carolina regional representative), the North Carolina Horn Club (board of directors), the Music Educators National Conference, the North Carolina Music Educators Association (chair of higher education section and member of the board of directors), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Since retirement, Dr. Paul continues to be active in music. He was, during the 1997 to 1999 seasons, director of the Caldwell Men's Chorus in Lenoir, North Carolina. He continues to play French horn with the Western Piedmont Symphony in Hickory, North Carolina, and, since the 2000-01 season, Paul has been the personnel manager for the symphony. He also is a freelance musician on horn in the Western North Carolina region and serves the region as a choral and instrumental clinician. Paul and his new wife have moved to Bradenton, Florida but they still maintain a vacation home in Hickory, North Carolina. Dr. Paul's hobbies include gardening, fishing, woodworking, home repair, stamp collecting, music, and reading. In 1997, a scholarship was endowed by current and alumni members of the Appalachian Men's Glee Club in the name of Philip and Lorna Paul. Sources: Appalachian State University files and long association. - Dr. Richard D. Howe

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