The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis has a new music director: Horst Buchholz.
Buchholz, a native of Germany who has been Canon for Music and Worship at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland since September 2008 (and who should not be confused with the actor of the same name who appeared in The Magnificent Seven), has an impressive résumé.
His first musical training was in a boy choir in his native Germany, followed by piano and organ. He has four diplomas from the Berlin College of Church Music and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University.
He’s founded two chamber orchestras – one in Berlin, one in Cleveland – and worked as a conductor, professor and church musician in Berlin, Texas and Colorado, as well as Cleveland, and been a guest conductor and soloist nationally and internationally.
Like his predecessor, John Romeri, Buchholz is active in promoting music beyond that required in services: he's artistic director of the Cathedral's Music & Performing Arts series and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra.
The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Dean of the Cathedral, announced Buchholz's departure (his last Sunday in Cleveland is Feb. 27) to the Cathedral community. In his own letter, Buchholz wrote, "...I have decided to accept the call from the Archbishop of St. Louis, The Most Rev. Robert Carlson, to serve as Director of Sacred Music for the Cathedral Basilica and Archdiocese of Saint Louis...," calling it "one of the largest and most magnificent churches in the United States."
The Archdiocese has not yet announced the appointment, nor Buchholz's expected starting date.