Paul Brandvik

1994 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Brandvik

A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Paul Brandvik graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public School Music. He received his Master of Music in voice from the University of Wisconsin in 1965 and in 1969 received the DMA in choral music from the University of Illinois.

1969 was the same year he joined the faculty at Bemidji State University as director of choral activities, having previously taught vocal music in Pelican Rapids High School. Dr. Brandvik has conducted the Bemidji Choir in performances for the North Central and Northwest Division Conventions as well as the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the MENC National Conference, the Europa Cantat in Austria, France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain, and the Zimriya World Festival of Choirs in Israel.

He has conducted the Minnesota and Montana All-State Choirs, the Nebraska Honors Choir, and has presented lecture-demonstrations for the state and national conventions of the MENC, the ACDA, and the convention of the International Society for Music Education. He has guest conducted over 100 festivals and workshops in 12 states, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Spain, and Israel. For eight summers he taught at the International Choir Conductors Course in Belgium.

In addition to his conducting activities, Paul Brandvik has composed, edited, or arranged over fifty works for choir, is president of Knight Shtick Press, and has published a book on madrigal dinners entitled, "The Compleet Madrigal Dinner Booke," and co-authored the book, "Up Front: Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor."