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Paul Wietlisbach to lead Education Department of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Paul Wietlisbach will lead the Society’s education and training programs as the new Director of Education. Having discovered barbershop harmony in 1971, Paul is a past member of four Society choruses and six quartets in four districts. Paul brings years of experience as an accomplished professional educator and creator of multimedia training programs.

“Paul’s past experience in the areas of training and education, as well his long history with the Society, makes him the ideal candidate for the new Director of Education position,” said Society CEO Ed Watson.

Most recently from the mountains of southern Oregon, Paul is a 34-year U.S. military veteran who started barbershopping with the Southern Gateway Chorus in his hometown of Cincinnati. A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), he toured the country eight times with the USNA Barbershop Quartet as a part of the recruiting efforts of the USNA Glee Club.

After logging 2,000 hours as a military aviator, Paul spent nearly half his career as a fighter pilot instructor, during which time he created and maintained the entire Air National Guard ADF-16 fighter pilot training system. In Oregon alone, he has trained more than 300 U.S. Air Force pilots, and designed, wrote and maintained the entire multimedia fighter training system. Career highlights include duty as Chief of the Pentagon Combat Support Center after the 9/11 attacks and spearheading the Air Force logistics efforts for the Katrina/Rita relief operation.

As he moved for military assignments, Paul performed and competed with the Pensacola (Fla.), Sun Harbor (San Diego) and Alexandria (Virginia) chapters and with six quartets: Sunshine Statesmen (SUN), By Appointment Only (FWD), Unstrung Heros (SUN), Route 140–4 (EVG), Chord Jesters (EVG) and Pentagon City (MAD). Paul has also played the leading role in eight community musicals and has directed or helped produce seven others, most recently as director of The Music Man.

In community service, Paul is a driver for both Meals on Wheels and Disabled American Veterans, and he runs a food pantry that feeds more than 800 people per month.

Paul states, “I am honored and excited to be given the opportunity to help enrich the lives of people worldwide by promoting and improving Barbershop Harmony and Entertainment.”

Paul will assume his new responsibilities in Nashville, Tennessee on Aug. 24, 2009.