Dr. Paul Liljestrand


Dr. Paul Liljestrand’s impact on the School of Music is legendary. During his tenure at Nyack, beyond his role as an educator, he was a mentoring and loving presence for students and faculty alike. A graduate of the Julliard School and the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, he was the conductor of the Nyack College Chorale and presented the group to an international audience, which included performances in Ukraine, East Berlin, Poland, France, and Spain. Under his leadership, the Chorale performed at two iconic venues—Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

A noted composer of sacred music, the world premiere of his oratorio, O God Our Help was presented at the Norton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX and the New York premiere was performed at Carnegie Hall in 1993.

The Paul L. Liljestrand School of Music Scholarship exists to award worthy students majoring in music at Nyack College.  An accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, Middle States Association, and the Association of Christian Schools International, the Nyack College School of Music is one of the oldest and most popular divisions.

Comments from the Paul L. Liljestrand School of Music Scholarship recipients:

“I am a sophomore and a Music in Worship major here at Nyack. I am a part of the Honors program and regularly participate in Honors trips, retreats, and special projects. After I graduate, I hope to lead worship full-time. My major is unique in that it combines my vocation, career, and ministry goals. This scholarship will enable me to take out fewer loans and leave college with less debt.”

 “Words cannot express my appreciation for the honor of receiving this scholarship! My hope is to be able to minister to people through music. Receiving this scholarship has been a reminder to put all my cares and worries at the foot of the cross, for God always provides for my needs.”