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).
Active within the Walla Walla music community, Luongo has served as the music director of the Walla Walla Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014. He also directs concerts for the Walla Walla Symphony including the Youth and Family Concerts. In the greater Washington region Luongo serves as an orchestra clinician and adjudicator for the area schools.
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, College Orchestra Directors Association, Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Society for American Music, 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 publication of select orchestral arrangements by Chicago Symphony Orchestra founder Theodore Thomas for publication by A-R Editions in their Recent Researches in American Music and Special Publications series. Through his work with A-R Editions, Luongo has reintroduced music that was exceedingly popular with nineteenth-century audiences, yet had not been heard in over a century.
Paul Luongo is a member of the American Musicological Society, Society for American Music, Washington Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, and College Music Society. His membership in the College Orchestra Directors Association includes leadership roles (President, 2016) for the Western Division.