Jonathan Bailey Holland
Originally from Flint, Michigan, Jonathan Bailey Holland began studying composition while a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He went on to study with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, and later received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University where his primary teachers were Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky. He has also studied with Andrew Imbrie, Yehudi Wyner, Robert Saxton, and Robert Sirota. He is currently Associate Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Holland's works have been performed and commissioned by numerous organizations including the Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago Civic, Chicago Youth, Cleveland, Richmond and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras; the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra; the Florida Philharmonic; Greater Twin Cities Youth Orchestras; Alea III; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (currently Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia); Orchestra 2001; Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and soloists Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Demarre McGill, and others.
An advocate for music education, Holland has written several works for educational concerts, and has given lectures and presentations at over 50 institutions. His composition It's About Time, which introduces audiences to the idea of musical meter, was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra in consortium with the Cleveland and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras, specifically for their youth concerts. Four Sections, commissioned by South Bend Symphony Orchestra, features each section of the orchestra. He has also written educational works for the Baltimore Symphony and WAMSO, the Volunteer Association of the Minnesota Orchestra.
Holland served as composer-in-residence with the Boston-based Radius Ensemble for the 2008-2009 season. He was the Ritz Chamber Players Composer-in-Residence for the 2006-2007 season and, in 2003, was composer-in-residence with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra as part of the Music Alive program sponsored by Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League. He has also been composer-in-residence with the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota (currently Vocal Essence) as part of their WITNESS program, and with the Detroit Symphony, through the Unisys African-American Composer Residency and National Symposium program, which included the premiere of his composition Fanfares and Flourishes on an Ostinato.
Recent and upcoming highlights include performances by ensembles at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and on the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s Club Café Concerts, as well as concerts by the Baltimore Symphony, the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, the Valdosta Symphony, the Columbia Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony, and Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble. His work Halcyon Sun has recently been released on the Cincinnati Symphony’s newest recording, American Portraits.