A macrobiotic chocoholic, Paul Gunther is a study in contradiction. Having played percussion since age 7, he performed in the 423rd United States Army Band for two years and then was honorably discharged as a conscientious objector. His first teacher was retired Boston Symphony Percussionist Lawrence White. For several years he studied with Jack Moore, late Minnesota Orchestra Timpanist.
Joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1975, Paul worked first as Assistant Librarian. After taking a quick 8-year break from Minnesota as the chief librarian of the Milwaukee Symphony, Paul returned in 1986 in the role of Principal Librarian.
In 2013 Paul was appointed National Repertory Orchestra Librarian. The Library staff ensures that thousands of scores and pieces of the correct sheet music find their way to the right performers and conductors, and onto the correct music stands onstage.
Paul serves on the volunteer board of directors of his housing association; as well as on the volunteer governing board of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). He was also a founding member in 1983 and twice president of the Major Orchestra Librarians Association (MOLA), and volunteered six years of service on MOLA’s board of directors.
Paul’s degree is in music theory and composition; his eyes are sometimes hazel, his hair consistently more salt than pepper. His favorite book was voted greatest novel of the 20th century in England.
As you can tell from reading this bio, Paul is nothing short of entertaining. All at the NRO respect his expertise and enjoy his unique sense of humor. Welcome back, Paul!