Professor Emeritus, Choral Studies
Paul T. Plew, Ed.D., led the Paul T. Plew School of Music at The Master’s University from 1979 to 2022, and he continues to serve as the school’s choir director. 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 Paul T. Plew 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.
The Master’s University and Seminary admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
21726 Placerita Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91321
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