Dr. Paul Nesheim is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Augustana University. He conducts the Augustana Choir and Chamber Choir, and teaches courses in choral conducting, choral methods, voice, and church music. He also serves as the director of the Adult Choir and Women's Choir at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Dr. Nesheim taught on the faculties of Minnesota State University Moorhead; Concordia College in Moorhead; Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; and Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He has held positions conducting high school, church, and community choirs in South Dakota, Minnesota, California, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, and North Dakota.
Dr. Nesheim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from St. Olaf College, a Master of Music degree in choral music from Arizona State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Arizona. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and currently serves as president of the South Dakota ACDA. He is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor for contests, professional conferences, and all-state, festival, and honor choirs. He has conducted in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and Slovakia, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and on two occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dr. Nesheim is a published composer and the author of Building Beautiful Voices, a book of vocalization methods and materials published by the Roger Dean Publishing Company.