Samuel Holmberg is the Diocesan Director of Sacred Music for the Diocese of Marquette and the Director of Sacred Music at Saint Peter Cathedral. He presently conducts three choirs: the Cathedral Choir, the Diocesan Choir and the Diocesan Children’s Choir. In 2017, he founded the Cathedral Concert Series and serves as its Artistic and Executive Director. An award-winning organist, he has performed in the United States and abroad. He has performed in masterclasses in interpretation and improvisation for internationally acclaimed artists Stephen Tharp, Jon Gillock, Peter Bannister, Frederic Blanc and Paul Jacobs. He has recorded for Minnesota Public Radio in solo and ensemble roles and has been featured several times on MPR’s Pipedreams, a radio program supporting the art in sacred and concert venues.
He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds memberships with the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM), the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the North American branch of the Herbert Howells Society.
The Cathedral cantors lead the singing at Sunday Masses and Solemnities throughout the year. The cantors demonstrate exceptional musical expression and vocal technique to support and encourage congregational singing. Many of the cantors either have advanced training in music or are vocal majors at Northern Michigan University.
The Cathedral Brass
The Cathedral Brass is comprised of some of the finest professional musicians in the Marquette area, many of whom form the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Brass Section. The Cathedral Brass can be heard various times throughout the liturgical year, including Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, Ordinations and in concert. They add majesty and festivity to these solemn celebrations.
The Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra, made up of members from the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Superior String Alliance, is most often heard during the Christmas liturgies, as well as for other special Masses as needed.