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The first time I ever played music outside of my own house was probably at God's house. My entry into providing church music was not very far along in Catholic grade school, when I was first pulled out of class to go to church and play the organ at a funeral. By my teen years, I was in the regular rotation of musicians for weekend services.

The fact that I was a senior in high school working as the head organist at one parish did not escape the attention of the local newspaper, which ran a feature article on me called "Minor Keys." Nice play on words, but I was 18 at the time, not a minor. Shouldn't it have said "Sauer Notes"?
One of the many church services I've played was the 1998 wedding of a bride originally from my area to a member of a big rock band. Members of Radiohead attended their bandmate's wedding, and after the ceremony I showed off the pipe organ to a very curious bandmate and best man, Jonny Greenwood.

Since 2011, my church has been St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, serving the Millersville area. As the parish's director of music, I find myself in charge of all the music. I direct the adult choir, accompany the folk group, rehearse with cantors, lead workshops on the mission of liturgical musicians, and select the hymns. In addition to the regular services on Sundays and holy days, I'm also involved with weddings and funerals. Our latest cantor schedule can be found here, and our latest hymn listings can be found here.
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Steve Sauer,
May 28, 2015, 9:49 PM
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Steve Sauer,
May 28, 2015, 9:49 PM
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