William Paul Freeman is a liturgical musician and music educator based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An accomplished organist and educator, Freeman is currently the Director of Guitar Studies at Mojave High School (North Las Vegas, NV), Director of Music and Liturgy at Saint Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church (Las Vegas, NV), and Director of Music and Organist at Guardian Angel Cathedral (Las Vegas, NV). Active within the local community, William is Chapter Director of the local National Pastoral Musicians’ Chapter and Sub-Dean of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
William began his musical studies as a child. From there, William quickly fell in love with music . In 2006, he attended a concert of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta with organ sensation Anthony Newman at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. He was instantly attracted to the organ, and began taking organ lessons immediately.
William’s interest in liturgical music and ministry started during his teenage years when he was admitted to his parish’s adult choir. From there, he eventually started to accompany and direct different events within different parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo. In 2010, he was recognized by the Most Reverend Edward Kmiec, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo, with the prestigious Manus Christi Award for his service to the Catholic faith in Buffalo.
As an organist, William has performed in dozens of churches across the nation.
In 2011, Freeman won the Msgr. Henry Kawalec Organ Competition sponsored by the Church Musicians’ Guild of Buffalo. While in college, William spent a lot of time producing and performing in liturgical music concerts at many different Catholic and Protestant churches in New York State.
In 2012, William joined the critically acclaimed Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, western New York’s premier vocal ensemble. William’s first performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus was to a sold-out crowd at Kleinhan’s Music Hall alongside Doug LeBrecque, Anne Runolsson, Virginia Woodruff, and Rob Evan. As a member of the Chorus, William performed under Yoav Talmy, JoAnn Falletta, and Robert Duerr.
In July 2012, he participated in an internationally broadcast live performance of Brahm’s Ein deutches Requiem from the grounds of the Chautauqua Institute. As a conductor, William has conducted the Williamsville Community Band, the Saint Anthony of Padua Choir, and various pit orchestras.
In 2012, Freeman served as the vocal coach and music director to a sold-out production of Little Theater’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
William began his professional liturgical music career as the interim accompanist at Williamsville United Methodist Church. In 2011, Freeman served as a long-term substitute musician at Sts. Peter and Paul in Williamsville, New York. In March 2012, he was appointed Minister of Music at Cleveland Drive Presbyterian Church in Cheektowaga, New York. He also served the faith community at Infant of Prague Roman Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, New York.
In 2014, upon moving to Las Vegas, William was appointed Organist and Assistant Choirmaster at Grace in the Desert Episcopal Church as well as Assistant Director of Music at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. While at Grace, William helped administer the music program during times of ecclesiastical change. William with the Grace-in-the-Desert Episcopal Choir on Easter Sunday 2014.
In July 2015, William was appointed Assistant Organist at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to these formal appointments, Freeman has served as a liturgical musician at St. Gregory the Great and Canisius College.
In February 2016, William was named the Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. Though acting as the Director of Music for sometime prior to the official announcement, William’s promotion coincided with the completion of the first phase of the parish’s construction project. William coordinated the hiring of musicians as well as rehearsing and directing the parish choir for the parish hall blessing Mass with Bishop Joseph A. Pepe.
Since becoming the Director of Music Ministry and Liturgy at St. Anthony’s, William has nearly tripled the size of the music program. He currently supervises seventy-five professional and volunteer musicians. At the parish, William directs Children’s Choir and the Choir of St. Anthony’s. He also provides assistance to the Spanish Choir, and is in the process of starting a Tagalog Choir. Additionally, William serves as the parish’s web designer and webmaster.
Under William’s leadership, the music ministry has taken a more active role in the spiritual lives of parishioners. Extending beyond the traditional role of a parish music program, the music ministry at St. Anthony’s has produced memorial services for deceased servicemen and women as well as victims of the 1 October Shooting.
The music ministry has taken an active role in aiding guest presenters at the parish. In November 2017, the music ministry provided music for Fr. Jim Sichko’s record-breaking talk in Las Vegas. Additionally, under William’s leadership, the music ministry has collaborated with the parish’s faith formation ministry to provide music at weekend religious education classes, pageants and plays, Confirmation retreats, and Sacramental celebrations.
William holds a degree in music and business from The Canisius College of Buffalo. He is a graduate, with highest academic distinction, of National University (San Diego, California) with a Masters of Education. Additionally, he holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Educational Leadership & School Administration, both from Western Governors University. He also holds a Certificate of Roman Catholic Theology in Liturgy with a Liturgical Music concentration from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana).
Freeman is currently completing doctoral studies in education at St. Leo’s University in St. Leo, Florida.
William completed rigorous operatic and orchestral conducting studies as a student in the Summer Conducting Institute at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, New York) with Maestro Neil Varon. He has also completed musical studies at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), George Mason University (Fairfax County, Virginia) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
He currently resides in Henderson, Nevada with his wife, Jovita Rose, a pharmacist and medical professional, and their cocker spaniel, Peanut.