Organist, liturgist, conductor, and educator William Paul Freeman moved to Las Vegas in December 2013. Nationally recognized for his energetic and engaging ability to bridge the gap between “traditional” and “contemporary” Catholic liturgy in accordance with the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy, his work, as a church musician and liturgist, has been featured on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Guy Show with Lino Rulli as well as local and Catholic media. Freeman is the Pastoral Associate for Operations and Music Director at Guardian Angel Cathedral and the Director of Music, Liturgy, and Communications at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church.
An accomplished organist, William studied organ with Roland E. Martin and has performed nationally as both an organist and conductor. In 2011, he won the Msgr. Henry Kawalec Organ Competition. Recognized for his musical and catechetical service to the Diocese of Buffalo, The Most Reverend Edward Kmiec, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, awarded William the Manus Christi Award in February 2010.
William has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. In 2012, he participated in an international broadcast on NPR of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Chautauqua Institute Orchestra live from the grounds on the internationally acclaimed Chautauqua Institution. William made his conducting debut in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with the Little Theatre Company in Buffalo. William has performed under the batons of JoAnn Falletta, Robert Duerr, Yoav Talmi, and Matthew Kraemer. He has performed alongside Mikhail Svetlov, Mary Wilson, Robert Breault, Timothy Jones, Doug LeBreque, Anne Runolsson, Virginia Woodruff, and Rob Evan.
Prior to moving to Las Vegas, William was a liturgical musician in the Diocese of Buffalo. He was the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Infant of Prague Roman Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, New York. He was also a musician at historic Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1836 by St. John Neumann. In addition to these positions, William served as a substitute musician at dozens of Catholic parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo including Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College, the Mercy Center, and St. Philip the Apostle. Freeman was the Minister of Music at Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church in Cheektowaga and an accompanist at Williamsville United Methodist Church. Since moving to Las Vegas, William has worked as an organist at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church and Grace-in-the-Desert Episcopal Church.
William holds an undergraduate degree in music and business administration from The Canisius College of Buffalo. He also holds a graduate degree in elementary education and curriculum from National University, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from Western Governors University. In addition, Freeman holds an Education Specialist degree from Saint Leo University. Freeman holds a graduate certificate in Liturgical Music from the University of Notre Dame. He has completed advanced graduate-level musical studies at Harvard University, George Mason University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida. Freeman is licensed by the Nevada Department of Education in K-8 Elementary (All Subjects), K-12 Music specialist, and as an administrator.
William is a recovering educator with the Clark County School District. Most recently, Freeman was the Director of Guitar Studies at The Mojave High School. Previously, he taught in the elementary setting. He is the Dean for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the founding Director of the National Pastoral Musicians: Las Vegas Chapter. He currently is an Executive Board Member of the Las Vegas Sacred Music Institute. He is a member of the National Pastoral Musicians, American Choral Directors’ Association, American Guild of Organists, and Music Teachers National Association.
Freeman currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Jovita Rose, daughter, and their cocker spaniel.