Holy Cross Lutheran Church announced the appointment of Michael Gilbertson as its new music director and organist, effective Aug. 25. Gilbertson, 26, is the sixth Music Director in Holy Cross’ 56-year history; he replaces Dr. Elina Christova, who served for seven years.

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Gilbertson has an extensive list of achievements for being a relatively short time into his career, beginning with his educational background. He is a 2010 graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School. This past spring he graduated from the Yale School of Music.

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