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Sing-Along at the Farm
Saturday, Sept. 11
A picnic-style concert at the concert and social at the Krause Farm south of Staples. Social hour at 4:30, singing and food to follow. No ticket required, but RSVP appreciated. See our Facebook page.

Director Steven J. Hoemberg Jr.

Steve Hoemberg's assocation with the SAMC dates to his high school days in Staples where he sang under Stan Carlson, who revived the SAMC in 1971 and served as director until 2010. 

After graduating from St. John's University in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in music, Hoemberg served as the director of choral activities at Staples Motely Public Schools for 15 years. In 2010, he succeeded Carlson as SAMC director and served in that role until 2016, and after a two year break, rejoined in 2018.

Hoemberg's musical career includes work as director of the Staples Area Women's Chorus, director and founder of the Colla Voce Girls’ Choir, membership in the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota and one year as an adjunct faculty member at St. Cloud State University where he directed the SCSU Men's Chorus.

His work and leadership have been recognized by the Five Wings Arts Council, VoiceCare Network and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. During his tenure with the chorus, Hoemberg has arranged collaborative performances with many well-known artists and musicians, including The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, The Great Northern Union and Cantus. In 2013 he led an multi-generational ensemble of choral groups and orchestra in the performance of Vivaldi's Gloria for four Minnesota communities.


Accompanist Sandy Paskewitz

Sandy Paskewitz spent her first 18 years in Truman, MN and started playing piano at age 5. She graduated from high school there in 1978, after accompanying the choir and playing clarinet in the band. She studied music at the University of Minnesota for 2 years, and eventually became a lab technician while attending the Medical Institute of Minnesota. She married Bruce Paskewitz in 1982 and moved to a dairy farm near Staples, MN. They have 3 children, along with many other four legged children who demand a lot of attention. She has loved being a ” mom” to lots of students and calves over the years! Sandy has worked for the Staples High School music department for 18 years, accompanying the high school and middle school choirs, and has played for almost 500 student contest solos. She also has worked as accompanist for the Staples Women’s Chorus and the Colla Voce young girls choir. When she is not busy taking care of calves or playing the piano, she is active in her church and other volunteer activities.


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