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2 November 13, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Diocesan Collection Dates: November 21 - 22, 2015 Please give generously. BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Music has this profound ability to reach the depths of the person, according to Samuel Sam Holmberg, who took on the role of di- rector of sacred music for the Diocese of Mar- quette and St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette last month. He and his wife, Kelsey have been married just over a year. Think about how historically, the music that stands the test of time is often the music of the Church, he said. However, Holmberg isnt stuck in the past. He noted that there are tons and tons of current composers writing music that is phenomenal. A love of music comes naturally to Holm- berg. While growing up in Minnetonka in the western suburbs of St. Paul, he said everyone in his family his parents John and Karen and sister, Katie was in a choir. He started sing- ing as a three-year-old and later took piano lessons. His parish installed an organ during his sixth grade year and the next year he was invited to play one of his piano pieces on the new instrument. The young Holmberg took to the organ immediately, and was captivated by its many options and complexities that he describes as being almost like a puzzle. He soon began taking organ lessons, progressing to studying through most of his high school years under the tutelage of Dr. Lynn Trapp at St. Olaf Cath- olic Church in downtown Minneapolis. This prepared him for him to earn a bachelor of arts in music from Luther College, a liberal arts college in northeastern Iowa. However, Holmberg said it is a combination of what he learned while earning a master of music in or- gan performance, literature and sacred music at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, paired with the practical experience of most recently being on the sacred music staff at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota, that prepared him to take on his new role in the Diocese of Marquette. At the cathedral in St. Paul, Holmberg said it was exciting to be part of the choir. You went to choir rehearsal and you felt lifted up. That was my true training especially with choirs, Holmberg said. To get things started here in Marquette, Holmberg is focusing on the choirs. Hes wel- coming back and recruiting members for both adult and childrens choirs at St. Peter Cathe- dral. Anyone with an interest in singing, a willing- ness to learn and to be a part of this important ministry of sacred music is welcome, Holm- berg said. Looking to the future of music at the cathe- dral, Holmberg said, My goal is to have a wide variety of styles and to really provide the best of what sacred music has to offer. He said he would also welcome having additional instru- mentalists, such as brass and strings not only at special Masses like Christmas or ordina- tions, but also occasionally at Sunday Masses when possible. Holmberg finds sacred music to be more than a backdrop or a superficial addition to the Mass. Music is strongly linked to emotional responses. It can take the text and go the extra mile. Its music that stops you in your tracks and makes you think, What am I doing? Samuel Holmberg starts role as sacred music director for diocese and St. Peter Cathedral JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Sam Holmberg sits at the organ in the choir loft of St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. He comes to the Upper Peninsula from the Cathedral of St. Paul, National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, in St. Paul, Minn. Watch video of sermons, presentations and more at www.YouTube.com/TheUPCatholic

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