Paul Wigley

Paul Wigley graduated from the University of Minnesota in Music Education and re-ceived his Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa in1997.

Paul recently retired from teaching choral music, advanced placement music theory, and class guitar at Lakeville (MN) North High School. His Lakeville HS vocal jazz ensemble received numerous regional honors. Under the direction of Mr. Wigley, the ensemble received numerous regional honors. Under the direction of Mr. Wigley, the Lakeville North High School Chorale toured extensively in Europe, with tours including Wales, England, Italy, Austria, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and France. He previously taught for the Algona (IA) Community School district, which was the recipient of the Iowa Exemplary Music Program Award in November of 1998.

He has delivered lectures on vocal jazz, and barbershop harmony, to many colleges and choral directors’ associations throughout the United States.

Paul judged the International Barbershop Harmony Society quartet and chorus contests in 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023. He has also taught at Barbershop Harmony Society Directors Colleges in New York, Maryland, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington and California, and served on the National Youth Outreach Committee.

Paul has been clinician for barbershop Youth in Harmony festivals in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and he recently retired as the director of the Minneapolis Commodores, who qualified for the International barbershop chorus contest in 2007 and 2009.

Paul has been selected to the Hall of Fame in both the Central States and the Land O’ Lakes districts. He was Category Specialist in the Music category of the Barbershop Harmony Society judging system from 2013-2016.

His family includes his wife, Becky, who is a retired teacher from the Lakeville school district, and daughter, Sarah, who is currently an associate professor of voice, and Musical Theatre department head at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.