Assistant Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music
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B. Mus (with distinction) St. Olaf College
M. Mus., University of Missouri at Kansas City-Conservatory of Music
Curriculum Vitae


George Emblom began playing the organ in his home parish in Sauk Centre, MN when he was thirteen years old. He earned his B.Mus. with distinction from St. Olaf College and his M.Mus. from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Serving as assistant professor of church music and director of chapel music since 1997, he provides musical leadership for much of the common worship life at CDSP. George recently celebrated twenty-fives of serving as director of music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Berkeley where he most recently inaugurated the Choral Mass Project. He also serve as as organist-choir director of Temple Sinai, Oakland, St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, El Cerrito and Organ Instructor at University of California at Berkeley. Emblom has performed solo recitals at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Westminster Abbey and Grace Cathedral. He has also accompanied services in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Ely Cathedral; St. Mary’s, Edinburgh; Southwell Minster; and Westminster Abbey. He has directed or sung choral services in the cathedrals of Durham, Chichester, Wells, Winchester, Bristol, Coventry, Ely, Exeter, Norwich, and Worcester. In May 2015, Emblom celebrated forty years of serving as a liturgical musician.

Why I Teach:

I teach because I love to teach. Teaching music helps enable the heart of the human soul to connect with the heart of the Eternal. In the seminary context, the experience and study of sacred music helps one develop a deepening philosophy of liturgical music that leads to a deeper relationship with God, both in private prayer and corporate worship. Engaging both the mind and the heart, liturgical music cultivates healing, awe, mystery, repentance, and transformation. Music is powerful, for it is yet another way to find God and be found by God. Thus, it is an instrument to help repair the world.

Courses Taught: 

  • Schola Cantorum
  • Fundamentals of Worship
  • Church Music and Liturgical Singing
  • Liturgical Music Resources

Selected Publications:

  • Canticle settings, Enriching our Music I and II, published by Church Publishing
  • “Musical Formation at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific,” The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, April 2015
  • Composer of the tune “CDSP” for the text “O Wisdom from on High” authored by The Rev. Dr. William Countryman. 

Recent Presentations:

  • Respondent to The Rev. Carl Daw. Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission Colloquium at CDSP.  November, 2014.
  • Organ Recital: Duo-organ recital with Jonathan Dimmock,. Muri Abbey, Muri, Switzerland.  June 2015.
  • On average, leading music for seven liturgies a week.