||Liljestrand, Paul, 1931-2011|
Dr. Paul Frederick Liljestrand was born May 15, 1931 in Montclair, NJ, died Feb 17, 2011 in Thomasville, GA. His musical gifts were recognized at an early age and he studied at The Julliard School, beginning in the Pre-College Division and continuing through the Master's Degree program. He spent two years in Japan with the U.S. Army, serving as a Chaplain's Assistant. Following this he returned to New Jersey and studied at Union Theological Seminary for a Master's Degree in Sacred Music. He also served as organist and choir director at Brookdale Baptist Church for 9 years before being called to Calvary Baptist Church in New York City where he served for thirty years. He also taught and was Chairman of the Music Department at both Northeastern Bible College and Nyack College. As the director of the Nyack Chorale, he led his students on many tours. After retiring from Calvary Baptist Church he was organist and choir director at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, NJ for nine years. In 2003 he and his wife moved to Thomasville, GA where Liljestrand became organist and choir director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and later was Music Director at Trinity Anglican Church.
Both in New Jersey and in Georgia, Liljestrand served as accompanist for many groups and professional musicians, taught piano, organ, and composition, and was a mentor to many young musicians.
Dianne Shapiro, from an Obituary posted on Allen & Allen Funeral Home web site