Dr. Paul Luongo, History and Orchestra
Assistant Professor of Music
Whitman College Hall of Music
Music Building Room 216
Paul Luongo, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the Whitman Orchestra, came to Whitman College in 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served on the faculty of Valencia College. Dr. Luongo’s undergraduate studies were in music education at Stetson University (B.M.E. 1998). At the Florida State University, he received degrees in conducting (M.M. 2006) and musicology (M.M. 2006), culminating in a Ph.D. in musicology (2010).
During his time at Florida State, Luongo served as an assistant conductor of the University Philharmonia and the University Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his work with larger orchestral ensembles, Luongo also conducted chamber groups such as the New Music Ensemble and taught music history and conducting courses. He has studied conducting with Alexander Jiménez and Anthony Hose.
Dr. Luongo’s primary scholarly interests consider the development of the American orchestra in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He has presented at various national and international conferences, including the College Music Society, Society for American Music, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and Society for Eighteenth-Century Music. Luongo has contributed to Haydn and His Contemporaries (Steglein Publishing, 2011) and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition. Other projects include the preparation of select orchestrations by Chicago Symphony Orchestra founder Theodore Thomas for publication by A-R Editions in their Recent Researches in American Music and Special Publications series. At Florida State, Luongo revived this music through an outdoor concert modeled on those of the Thomas Orchestra. This event reintroduced works that were exceedingly popular with nineteenth-century audiences, yet had gone unheard in over a century.
Paul Luongo is a member of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music. His membership in the College Orchestra Directors Association includes service on the board for the Western Division.