Holly Holmes

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Born: March 24, 1977    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Holly Holmes

Jazz vocalist and musicologist Holly Holmes began singing as a young girl growing up in Wisconsin. Through the good fortune of an excellent high school music program, Holly developed a lifelong love for jazz and Brazilian music. She earned a degree in jazz studies from Western Michigan University and following graduation in 2000 was awarded an internship with the jazz programming department at Washington DC's prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There she assisted with the Dr. Billy Taylor radio series as well as working as an audio engineer for other live performances featuring Nnenna Freelon, Kurt Elling, Freddy Cole, and several others....
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Four-year Medallion Scholarship, Western Michigan University

FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship for Brazilian music and culture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Assistant, Dr. Jeffrey Magee, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

As a Leader

The Climb
2001 [Re-released with live tracks 2005]
As A Side Musician

As of Yet
University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band
School of Music at the University of Illinois
Tracks: Vera Cruz; Laura.

Art of the Dance
University of Illinois Latin Jazz Ensemble
School of Music at the University of Illinois
Tracks: Blue in Green.

Límbico Trem
Robson Santos
Tracks: Samba do Gatuno; Amsterdam; Límbico Trem; Raro Diamante; You, Cat and Me.

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Voice teacher with the Conservatory of Central Illinois since 2006 specializing in jazz as well as art song, musical theater and pop voice at any level of proficiency. Music theory and ear training are covered in all voice lessons including note and rhythm reading, harmonic progressions, formal analysis and sight reading. Email for current rates and scheduling.

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