07 January 2011

Buchholz Named Cathedral's New Music Director

STLToday has confirmation of my posting from last week. Archbishop Carlson has named Horst Buchholz as the new Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis:

Cathedral Basilica has a new music director

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.


I suppose the Archdiocese will soon make the announcement public now that the secular press has it. I don't know what Mr. Buchholz' background is in ancient Church music, chant and polyphony, but the appointment is likely an upgrade. One can only stand so much hand-bell choir music in one lifetime.


Dad29 said...

I don't know what Mr. Buchholz' background is in ancient Church music, chant and polyphony

He's pretty good with that stuff and is a "regular" at CMAA annual conferences, both on the 'learning' side (from Prof. Mahrt on Chant) and 'teaching' side (as a choral instructor.)

You won't be disappointed.

Anonymous said...

When will Mr. Botkins form the first latin mass handbell choir???


Elizabeth said...

It's official: http://stlouisreview.com/article/2011-01-07/new-director-sacred. He starts March 1st.

Suburbanbanshee said...

Mr. Buchholz is a treasure, and so is his wife Cecilia Nam. You will love them. They really have the gift of pulling great music out of people, from beginners to pros.