Paul Scholtz, tenor

Artistic Council – Communications
Member since 2015

Hometown: Waverly, IA
Education: BA English, Luther College

Tenor Paul Scholtz is excited to be in his second season with Cantus.

When not performing with the ensemble, Paul enjoys engagements as a concert soloist and appearances with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. Highlights from recent seasons include a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the late J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort, his debut at Carnegie Hall in Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, and performances of Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Paul has enjoyed seasons with Manhattan Chorale under the direction of Craig Arnold, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus under the direction of Kathy Romey, Helmuth Rilling, and Matthew Halls, and Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran under the direction of Donald Meineke.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Luther College in Decorah, IA.

10 Questions for Paul:

1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?

I first knew I wanted to sing professionally when I heard a King’s Singers recording in high school. Though I’ve come to love the opportunities to sing solo in concert settings, my greatest love has always been small ensembles.

2. If you could commission any composer for Cantus (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would definitely commission J.S. Bach. His compositions are musically beautiful, but also incredibly emotional. I also specifically love his writing for tenor.

3. What country would you most like to visit with Cantus and why?

I would love to visit Japan. It’s a country I’ve heard a lot about, but know nothing of first-hand.

4. If you stumbled across a time machine, which decade would you visit and why?

I would probably choose the ‘40s or ‘50s. My grandparents have been inspirations for me, and it would be meaningful for me to see what they were like at my age.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of singing?

When I’m not singing, my wife, Marie, and I enjoy preparing new (and old!) vegan recipes together.

6. If you could hang out with any celebrity (alive or deceased) who would it be and why? 

Barack Obama. I admire his leadership and his positive vision for the possibilities of our best selves.

7. What is the most played album in your iTunes library?

The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary.

8. You’re stranded on an island – which three books or movies do you bring for entertainment?

The Lord of the Rings, something by Agatha Christie, and a David McCullough book I haven’t read.

9. What do you want people to know about Cantus?

I want people to know about our collaborative artistic process! We make all of our decisions by coming to consensus, and have to find a way to compromise even though we have strong passionate opinions. It allows us to perform programs that each of us is fully invested in, even after 50 shows.

10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever.

This is definitely cliché, but it’s also true. My wedding day back on August 16, 2014 is hard to top. Marie and I were surrounded by those we love the most who had traveled from near and far to show their support for us and our marriage. It was a great day.