New teacher brings several changes for music program
By Shae Dolisi
The new school year brought about a variety of changes at Sacred Heart, and arguably one of the biggest additions could be Sebastian Boelhower, who joined the faculty this year as the new music director. Boelhower has already implemented several new ideas and has plans for much more.
Boelhower grew up in Hastings, Nebraska with five younger siblings: one brother and four sisters. Both of his parents are teachers, so his decision to become an educator seemed only natural. He originally pictured himself teaching English, however after participating in summer theatre he became interested in music. “I had great music teachers in school, and they gave me several opportunities that made me realize that music is my passion, and that is what I wanted to do with my life,” Boelhower said.
Boelhower attended Peru State College, and that played a part in him ending up at Sacred Heart. During his senior year at Peru, Boelhower was asked to be a tour guide for high school students visiting the campus for Pioneer Leadership Day. He asked to guide Lourdes Central Catholic and Sacred Heart so he could speak about his Catholic faith. He felt an immediate connection to the Sacred Heart students and received some inside knowledge that they would soon have an opening for a music teacher. By the time Boelhower graduated in May, he had already accepted the position at Sacred Heart.
One change that Boelhower made immediately was the addition of marching band uniforms and concert attire. He required attendance at band camp the week before school started for 7-12 grade students and plans on having four concerts this school year. Boelhower hopes to put on a musical in the spring and would also love to sponsor a trip for his musicians in years to come. In addition, he would love to acquire some bigger instruments to incorporate into the Sacred Heart collection.
Band and Choir participation numbers are up this year, and Boelhower hopes they continue to rise. The band had a total of 54 students march in the Cobblestone and Humboldt parades. In addition to the multitude of changes and future goals, ultimately Boelhower “cares the most about instilling a knowledge and lifelong love of music in his students.”
His favorite part about Sacred Heart so far has been all the people in the school community. “Everyone has been very kind and welcoming,” Boelhower said.