Pat Holmberg cannot remember when she didn't play the piano. She was drawn to it as a small child and the fascination with and love for it has never waned.
She grew up in a small town in Central Montana, and ventured out into the wider world after high school. She went south, to the University of Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music (in piano performance) there. After three years teaching (one year at Gulf Park College in Gulfport MS and two in Littleton CO in the public schools) she married and began her family. Always after that, she taught piano at home, but never stopped keeping up her own playing. She was almost always composing something as well.
Pat began playing with jazz groups while a student at the University, and the music she has written shows strong jazz influence. She suspended playing with combos while her children were small, but picked up on it again later as they were older. She often has accompanied classical singers and instrumentalists in the Denver/Boulder area, and has given several solo recitals in the Boulder Public Library Concert Series - some with standard classical repertoire and others with original compositions. Her music has been performed locally, including a forty-five minute cantata she wrote for choirs, soloists, and orchestra in 1995 for the 100th anniversary of First Presbyterian Church in Boulder. She has received performances of some flute ensemble pieces and choral music throughout the United States.