Paul Wiens, DMA, Wheaton College Professor Emeritus, earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa where he studied with Don V. Moses. Wiens completed forty-four years of full-time teaching: three years at Fulton High School (Atlanta, GA), six years at Clayton State University (Morrow, GA), one year at Bethel College (North Newton, KS), three years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and thirty-one years at Wheaton College. He has been conductor of the St. George Chamber Singers since its founding in 2015.
He sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Choir under the legendary Robert Shaw, and later taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Robert Fountain. During his tenure at Wheaton Conservatory of Music, his Concert Choir was chosen to appear at American Choral Director’s Conventions: two national, five Central Division, three State of Illinois.
Dr. Wiens served as Chorus Master for Wheaton College Artist Series performances under the baton of maestro John Nelson. These memorable performances included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s War Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Berlioz’ Requiem. The final collaboration involved the Wheaton College Concert Choir and the Apollo Chorus in two performances of the Brahms’ Requiem, the first in Edman Chapel (John Nelson, conducting) and the second in Chicago’s Symphony Hall (Stephen Alltop, conducting). In March of 2012, Wiens’ capped his conducting career with two performances of the Bach B Minor Mass with the Wheaton College Concert Choir and Metropolis Symphony Orchestra.