MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Acclaimed Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus has died at 65. Family members say he passed away Sunday from complications of a stroke he suffered last year.
Paulus wrote over 500 works, which received premieres and performances throughout the world.READ MORE: 2nd Man Charged In Minneapolis Gun Battle-Turned-Crash That Killed Autumn Merrick
He lived in the Twin Cities almost all of his life. His family moved here from New Jersey when he was just a toddler.
He received multiple degrees from the University of Minnesota, where he was a student of Pulitzer Prize-winning music professor Dominick Argento. He also once served as composer-in-residence at Minnesota Orchestra.READ MORE: 'We Will Not Tolerate Sexual Misconduct In Any Form': Minnesota Colleges Investigating Alleged Sex Competition
His composition “Pilgrims’ Hymn” was performed at the funerals of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. His body of work contains operas, orchestral works, and solo literature.
Paulus leaves behind his wife and two sons.MORE NEWS: 'We Are Pleasantly Surprised': Minnesota's Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than Expected
Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Nov. 8 at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.