Paul Rusterholz started taking piano lessons and singing in a children's church choir
when he was seven years old.  He credits his music-loving parents with sending him to a
great piano teacher, Gertrude Flor.  At House of Hope Church in St. Paul he was
fascinated with the sound of the pipe organ, and with the carillon, which was played by
his father.  He took organ lessons from Eugene Nordgren.

At Macalester College he sang in the Concert Choir under Dale Warland.  While at the
University of Southern California, Paul studied conducting with Rodney Eichenberger
and Hans Beer.  From 1978-89, he directed the choirs at the College of St. Teresa in
Winona, Minnesota. Paul recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse,
where he conducted the UW-L Choral Union and the UW-L Women’s Chorus from 1989-

Paul is a member of the International Federation for Choral Music, the American Choral
Directors’ Association, and Chorus America.  He loves canoeing, cross-country skiing,
woodworking and listening to music.  Paul and his wife Barbara enjoy traveling to visit
their son Tim, who is also a musician.
Member of the United Fund for the
Arts and Humanities.
This concert series is supported in part by a
grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds
from the State of Wisconsin and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
La Crosse Chamber Chorale
124 23rd St S
La Crosse, WI  54601