Paul T. Plew

Dean, School of Music, Professor of Choral Studies


Music & Performing Arts



Paul T. Plew, Ed.D., has been the Dean of the School of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The Master’s University since 1979. He was educated at Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania; Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; and received his Doctorate in Education with Music specialization from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Choral Director’s Association, co-founder and past president of the Santa Clarita Music Educators Association, and past president of the National Association of Church Musicians (formerly Choral Conductors Guild). He led the faculty of the School of Music in the accreditation process through the National Association of Schools of Music, which was granted in November, 2007.

Dr. Plew’s emphases in the classroom include conducting, worship and church music, and choral-related classes. He conducts the University Singers, a one-hundred-voice campus and community choir, and The Master’s Chorale, a sixty-member, auditioned choir. He has led groups on tours to England, Ireland, Russia, Canada, Italy, Israel, Germany, Spain, and virtually every state in the union.

In the spring of 2006, Dr. Plew was granted a sabbatical which took him to England and Ireland to study the life and hymnody of Charles Wesley.

In May of 2003 he conducted The Master’s Chorale in a solo concert at Carnegie Hall. He was invited back to Carnegie Hall to conduct mass choirs in 2007 and 2018. He also conducted a large choir in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 2011.

His choirs have recorded for Word, Fred Bock Music, Lillenas Publishing, Ligonier Ministries, and Pavanne Publishing companies as well as numerous custom albums for the university. In March, 2008, The Master’s Chorale recorded, by request, an album for Ligonier Ministries.

In addition to his ministry at the college, he also serves as Music Pastor at Santa Clarita Baptist Church in Canyon Country, California. Dr. Plew continues to lead, adjudicate for, and participate in numerous choral festivals around the nation.


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