Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

Colin Holman, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Lecturer in Music, Director of Symphony Orchestra

Office #:  MUND 1103

Phone: 773.508.7512

Email: cholman@luc.edu


Dr. Colin Holman maintains an active professional career in Chicago where he divides his energies between conducting and musicology.

Dr. Holman's extensive conducting credits include work in opera and musical theatre, with orchestras and concert bands, and in early music. His conducting has taken him to twenty of the United States, to Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and New Zealand.  Since moving to Chicago, he has conducted many of the orchestras in the area, including a tenure with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and guest appointments with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Harper Symphony Orchestra, the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Virtuosi.

Dr. Holman has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College, and North Park University.  He has published diverse materials on eighteenth-century American keyboard music, sixteenth-century English choral music, Martin Luther, and the American brass band.  He is currently writing a book on the history of the cantata.  

Dr. Holman began his tenure as Symphony Orchestra Director at Loyola University in the Fall of 2007.


Ph.D., University of Kansas
M.M. (Hons), University of Kansas
B.mus (Hons.), University of Birmingham, England