Western New York Native 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, his work as a church musician and liturgist, he has been featured on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Guy Show with Lino Rulli as well as local and Catholic media. Freeman is the Director of Music and Organist at Guardian Angel Cathedral, Director of Music, Liturgy, and Communications at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, and Director of Guitar Studies at The Mojave High School. He is one of only a handful of Catholic Cathedral organists under thirty in the world.
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 with JoAnn Falletta, Robert Duerr, Yoav Talmi, 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, was 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 Diocese of Buffalo including Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College, the Mercy Center, and St. Philip’s. 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 education from National University, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from Western Governors 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 pursuing specialist and doctorate degrees at St. Leo University in St. Leo, Florida. Freeman is a licensed business education, K-8 Elementary (All Subjects), K-12 Music specialist, and building administrator.
William is a high school music educator with the Clark County School District. He is the Director of Guitar Studies at The Mojave High School. He is the Sub-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.