KMEA Hall of Fame
Paul Chilen
Inducted in 1985
Paul R. Chilen began his involvement in school music after 1903 when he was teaching vocational agriculture in Solomon, Kansas. As the Great Depression resulted in widespread unemployment in rural Kansas, Mr. Chilen became involved in teaching music to members of the community and eventually led the instrumental music program in the public school. He studied violin with Arthur Uhe of Bethany College, and many of his students received favorable notices at annual music contests. Chilen was active in organizing the Future Farmers of America Show Band. During World War II, he was involved in the Good Production War Training Program.