Dr. Colin Holman

Dr. Colin Holman received his Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of Birmingham, England and came to the United States with the aid of a Direct Exchange Scholarship and a Graduate Honors Fellowship, completing his master’s degree in instrumental conducting and his Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Kansas.

In 1992 Dr. Holman moved to Chicago and established his career as a conductor and a musicologist specializing in English music. He has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate level at several area universities including Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, and Wheaton College. His scholarship is cited in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and he has contributed to publications on eighteenth-century American music, sixteenth-century English choral music, Martin Luther, the American brass band and the phone app InforMusic. Holman was appointed conductor of the Fox Valley Concert Band in January of 1993. His extensive conducting credits include work in opera and musical theater, with orchestras and concert bands, and in early music. He is on the music faculty at Loyola University Chicago where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra, teaches classes in music history and lectures in the Honors program.