Paul Gunther

paul guntherAppointed in 2013 as National Repertory Orchestra Principal Librarian, percussionist, and librarian Paul Gunther began studying music at age 7. His teachers include Boston Symphony Percussionist Lawrence White and Minnesota Orchestra Timpanist Jack Moore. Paul played Percussion professionally in the US Army Band before receiving his honorable discharge as a conscientious objector.

As a professional non-playing orchestra member, Paul has worked in orchestra libraries since joining the Minnesota Orchestra in 1975, where he worked as Assistant Librarian until 1978. After eight years as Milwaukee Symphony Librarian, he returned in 1986 to the Minnesota Orchestra as Principal Librarian, where he remained until 2017. For the 2017-18 season, Paul served as Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Librarian. Other libraries where he has worked include those of the Nashville and San Diego Symphonies and the New York Philharmonic.

For eleven years, Paul served on the governing board of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM). He was a founding member in 1983 and twice president of the Major Orchestra Librarians Association (MOLA).

A vegetarian for over 50 years, he is also an avowed chocoholic who thoroughly enjoys his unforgettable summers in Summit County (the NRO, people, hiking!) For more details, including Paul’s favorite books, films, (even cartoons are on the list), or to learn what an Orchestra Library looks like, feel free to reach out!