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Paul Bouman was born in Hamburg, Minnesota, on August 26, 1918. He is one of those well-seasoned, classically trained, musicians whose whole life has been a ministry through music. He used and developed his many gifts by teaching, performance, composition and by being a parent, with his wife Victoria Bartling, of five children. Educated with a B.S. from Concordia College, River Forest, Illinois, and a M.M. from Northwestern University, Evantson, Illinois, Paul Bouman capped this education with the Westphalian Church Music School in Herford, Germany. He served as Director of Music for Lutheran Churches in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Melrose Park and River Forest, Illinois, and teacher in their respective parish schools. He and his wife currently reside in Oak Park, Illinois.
While he was an organist and choir director, he maintained an active life in professional organizations —AGO, ACDA, ALCM, and Hymn Society of America —and actively contributed his leadership and gifts to staffing Lutheran worship conferences and workshops for children’’s choirs. Throughout his life, composer Bouman created choral and organ compositions which have been published by Concordia, Augsburg, Boosey & Hawkes, GIA, MorningStar, Selah Music, Earthsongs, and Chorister’s Guild.
“Tenderly Mary Sings to Sleep” is a mixed choir and organ arrangement created during the summer of 1998 of a beloved Czech Christmas carol, “Chtíc aby spal.” J. Michael Thompson requested it from Bouman for a CD recording published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, —Light from the East: Carols from Central and Eastern Europe which was performed by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter’’s in the Loop, Chicago, under his direction. The tune was written by 17th century South Bohemian church musician, Adam Václav Michna, and is one of the most famous carols of the Czech people. Its English text was taken from the Give Glory hymnal of new hymns from Czech sources edited and compiled by Anita Smisek published by Alliance Publications (AP-00118).

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