Paul Bishop, Longtime Scripps Staff Member, Recognized with Memorial Award

Paul BishopSince 1975, Paul Bishop served as the staff performance accompanist for the Scripps College music department and the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps College. A beloved and dedicated member of the community, Bishop sadly passed away this June. A new award, the Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award in Choral and Vocal Music, commemorates his legacy with the goal of celebrating the exemplary work of choral and vocal music students in the Joint Music Program.

In his 42 years at the College, Bishop played for over 3,000 students in countless lessons, recitals, and concerts. The various choral directors and faculty members relied on Bishop for his ability to coach singers and lead sectionals, and for his vast musical knowledge. Bishop’s repertoire spanned four centuries and many languages, including German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and English. Many students spent 4-6 hours per week rehearsing with Bishop, so it is no wonder he was able to build strong connections. Generations of students remember Bishop for his dedication and collaboration during their time at the College, remaining in touch even after graduation.

Current vocal and choral music students participating in Scripps’ voice lessons and the Joint Music Program choirs are eligible for the award. “The music department’s hope is that students will use the award to further their music education,” says Charles W. Kamm, associate professor of music and director of choirs through the Joint Music Program. This award allows students to take additional voice lessons, participate in a summer music program, purchase music scores, or put it toward a graduate program in the field.

A memorial concert will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Balch Auditorium at Scripps College. With the award in its infancy, Scripps turns to alumnae, families, and friends for support. If you would like to make a gift in honor of Bishop, visit our giving page > Other > Designate your gift to the Paul R. Bishop Memorial Award in Choral and Vocal Music fund.