Remembering Dr. Paul Lindsley Thomas


Pic 1: Dr. Thomas receiving the CMI Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meyerson Festival in 2010 - with Terry Price & Charlotte Kroeker
Pic 2: Notables John Weaver, Hal Hopson and Paul Lindsley Thomas at a CMI Summer Workshop
Pic 3: Dr. Thomas receiving the Dallas Chapter AGO Honorary Lifetime Deanship from Chris Brunt


Dr. Paul Lindsley Thomas (1929-2021)

Few people in our lives make such a difference that we mark their intersection as “before” and “after.”  Paul Lindsley Thomas is one of those persons for me, and perhaps for you.  Paul’s deep faith, expressed in the music he composed and offered as a church musician, changed lives forever.  We must not forget.  It is now for us who remain to perpetuate the gifts of his glorious music and eloquent “best practice” of church music.

A service of celebration for Paul’s life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.  Please come if you can, and if not, the service will be livestreamed at

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul’s honor may be made to the Saint Michael and All Angels Paul Lindsley Thomas Chorister Program, to the St. Timothy School at the Chapel of the Cross, or to the Church Music Institute Paul Lindsley Thomas Lectureship where an endowed fund will continue the lectures in perpetuity.  CMI feels deep responsibility for Paul’s gift of his legacy, his music, memorabilia, archives and much of the musical history of the churches where he served, especially Saint Michael and All Angels.

Thank you for being a friend to Paul.  We give thanks for the music of our faith he loved and to which he devoted his life.

In gratitude and appreciation for a life well lived,


Charlotte Kroeker, Ph.D.

Executive Director


To view his obituary, click here.

To view the letter above written Dr. Charlotte Kroeker, click here.

To view the list of lecturers, click here.