Minnetonka High School
Paula has directed choirs at Minnetonka High School since 1994. Her previous teaching experience includes Robbinsdale-Cooper High School and Watertown-Mayer Public Schools.
Raised in North Dakota, Ms. Holmberg earned a bachelors degree at Minot State University and holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota.
She is also a nine-time honoree “acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator” in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was honored by the Minnesota Music Educators Association as the 1999 Music Educator of the Year. The American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota selected Ms. Holmberg as the 2005 Choral Director of the Year.
Minnetonka choirs have performed on domestic and international tours. They have been honored to perform at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and the Minnesota chapter recently elected her president of the organization. In the spring of 2011, she was honored by the Minnetonka school district “for child-centered excellence in teaching” and was named Minnetonka’s Teacher of the Year. An occasional adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Ms. Holmberg was honored by the invitation to conduct the talented young women of the 2012 ACDA 7-8 Girls Honor Choir. The readers of Lake Minnetonka Magazine selected Mrs. Holmberg as a finalist in the 2014 Best of Lake Minnetonka.
Mary is in her fifth year as director of the Choristers, Varsity Men’s Choir and Varsity Madrigal Singers. She brings lots of prior teaching experience with time spent in Eden Prairie, suburban Chicago, and Cincinnati school districts, where she received a Sycamore Schools Excellence in Education Award.
She has also been honored, by invitation, to conduct the Wisconsin ACDA Middle School Honor Choir. She has continued to serve within ACDA, where she was coordinator for the 2011 North Central ACDA Honor Choirs.
Most recently, Ms. Wiersum’s Choristers Choir was selected to perform at the ACDA’s 2015 State Conference. She also presented a workshop on music literacy at the ACDA 2016 Middle School Forum.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral Music Education with dual performance emphasis in piano and voice from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Her private voice and piano students have received ACDA and MMTA awards and have been cast in professional theaters throughout the Twin Cities. She herself has performed with the Minnesota Chorale, Madison (WI) Opera, Madison Symphony Chorus, Minnetonka Theatre, and as soloist with church and community choirs.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wiersum has also performed regularly as an accompanist for local school districts, church organizations, and ACDA events.
This choir is selected by audition, for men and women grades 10-12. They participate in four major concerts, a state contest, and an annual tour to a domestic or international destination.
This auditioned choir is for women in grades 10-12. They sing in four major concerts, participate in the Lake Conference Treble Festival, compete in the state contest, and travel on an annual local tour.
This nonauditioned choir is for men in grades 9-12. They sing in four major concerts, participate in the Lake Conference Varsity Festival, and perform the National Anthem at local events.
This auditioned choir is for women in grades 9-12. Freshmen women with advanced sight-singing and aural skills are encouraged to audition. They participate in four major concerts and Lake Conferences Varsity Festival.
The nonauditioned choir is only for freshmen women. They sing in four major concerts and participate in an annual retreat.
This auditioned mixed ensemble is open to Concert Choir members. This group sings in school and around the community 40 to 50 times a year. Their repertoire includes chamber music and pop/jazz styles.
This auditioned women's ensemble is open to Concert and Treble Choir members. Their repertoire includes chamber music and pop/jazz styles.
This auditioned mixed ensemble is open to choir students in grades 9 and 10. Their repertoire includes songs that build a cappella singing skills.