Mr. Steven J. Hoemberg, Jr. earned his B.A. in Music with concentrations in K-12 Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance from St. John’s University (MN) in 2001, where he studied vocal performance, choral conducting and vocal pedagogy with Dr. Axel Theimer. Hoemberg rejoined the Staples Area Men’s Chorus as Artistic Director in the summer of 2018. From 2010 to 2016, he succeeded Stan Carlson as only the second Director of the chorus since 1971. From 2001 to 2016, Hoemberg served as the Director of Choral Activities 7-12 at Staples Motley Public Schools, where he was also a 1997 graduate and a student of Mr. Stan Carlson. In addition to teaching in Staples Motley Public Schools, he also served for one year as an adjunct faculty member at St. Cloud State University where he directed the SCSU Men’s Chorus. He also has worked as Director of the Staples Area Women’s Chorus and Director/Founder of the Colla Voce Girl’s Choir. In 2014, Hoemberg was honored with the Community Arts Leadership Award by the Five Wings Arts Council. In 2015, Hoemberg became a member of the VoiceCare Network, from which he was given the “Larry Award” in recognition of outstanding service and contribution to the organization. As a member of the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) Hoemberg served on the board of directors the Middle Level Chair, as an All-State Section Leader, and as a Region Representative. He is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota. Hoemberg is quite passionate about teaching, especially the areas of human compatible learning, adolescent changing male voices, and strategies for making sight-singing simple and relevant. He is a frequent presenter throughout the region, including twice at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, the Minnesota ACDA Summer Dialogue, and the North Dakota ACDA State Conference. Most recently (‘17), he conducted the Minnesota 7/8 Boy’s Honor Choir. Hoemberg’s choirs have performed at the MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic (’06, ’08, ’16) and the ACDA of MN Fall Convention (’15). Under Hoemberg’s leadership, SMHS singers and the Staples Area Men’s Chorus enjoyed collaborative performances with such well-known groups as The Singers–Minnesota Choral Artists, The Great Northern Union, and Cantus. A career highlight for him occurred in December of 2013, when he led an 8-ensemble, multi-generational and four-community, collaborative performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. In the spring of 2016, Hoemberg shifted careers when he began working full time as a superintendent and heavy equipment operator for JL Trucking, Excavating, and Grading (Staples, MN). This led to a seven-month stint as an adjunct instructor for Central Lakes College (Staples, MN) in the Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance Department. He has also worked toward a Master’s Degree in Music Education at North Dakota State University (NDSU).
It is a core belief for Hoemberg that every human deserves the opportunity to experience singing, regardless of age or ability. Most importantly, a safe and supportive learning environment is the most important element of education. Although his life is quite busy with a variety of responsibilities, Hoemberg still finds time to occasionally make music. His pride and joy are his two daughters, Molly and Meredith.