Music

“[Music] has the power to lead us back…to the Creator of all harmony, creating a resonance within us which is like being in tune with the beauty and truth of God, with the reality which no human knowledge or philosophy can ever express.”

– Pope Benedict XVI, 2007

The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life” (Lumen Gentium) and it is “through the praise of God that humanity ascends to God” (Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas Aquinas). Therefore, the Cathedral places great emphasis on sacred music, since it forms an integral part of the solemn Liturgy. As the Mother Church of the Diocese of Marquette, St. Peter Cathedral serves as a model in liturgy and music for all of the 93 parishes and missions across the Upper Peninsula.

Music has a profound impact upon the liturgical celebrations at the Cathedral. Building upon the Church’s rich legacy of music, the Cathedral sings the full range of sacred music worthy of the sacred liturgy—from early music to music by living composers. On Sundays and Solemnities throughout the year, the Cathedral Choir sings at the 10:30am radio-broadcast Mass, as well as at various parish and Diocesan celebrations. Strings, Brass and other instruments add to the joy of the occasion at various celebrations, including Christmas, Easter, the Chrism Mass, and Ordinations to the Sacred Priesthood.

The Cathedral Concert Series presents concerts and recitals throughout the academic year. Featuring local, national and international artists, the series promotes the artistic, educational and cultural enrichment of the entire region.

For more information on sacred music, please contact Samuel Holmberg, Director of Sacred Music, at (906) 226-6548 or sholmberg@dioceseofmarquette.org.