M.M. (Conducting) – University Of New Mexico
D.M.A (Choral Music) – Arizona State University
Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During his time at Millikin Dr. Holmes has overseen the growth of the choral program to four traditional choirs and a variety of smaller vocal ensembles involving more than 250 students and a nationally recognized choral staff. Choirs under his direction have sung in every state but Alaska. The more than 300 festivals and workshops conducted by Dr. Holmes include All-State choirs, regional ACDA honor choirs, district festivals and church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, his choirs have performed in 35 countries.
Under his leadership, the Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In addition to annual two-week tours across the United States, the choir has toured internationally across the United Kingdom, throughout Continental Europe and into Russia. While visiting China, the choir made concert excursions to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Twice they have toured the Caribbean including stops in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Their most recent tour of Spain drew to a close their 2017 concert season. The choir has recorded eight CDs on Millikin’s First Step Records label.
Dr. Holmes was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University for two academic terms, working primarily with the Choir of Clare College. He returns to England frequently for conducting engagements and choral workshops. Other international guest-conducting opportunities have taken him to Continental Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
Brad Holmes’ compositions are published by First Step Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Press and Morning Star Publishers. Additional arrangements may be found at Bradholmesmusic.com.