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Jonathan Bailey Holland

Boston, MA         

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s music has been commissioned and performed by the Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia; Orchestra 2001; and Triple Helix; as well as soloists Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Demarre McGill and many others. Holland has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Boston-based Radius Ensemble, the Ritz Chamber Players, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra – as part of the Music Alive program sponsored by Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota (currently Vocal Essence) as part of their WITNESS program, and with the Detroit Symphony.

Born in 1974 in Flint, MI, Holland began studying composition while a student at the Interlochen Arts Academy.  Upon graduation from Interlochen, he continued his composition studies with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.  He went on to receive 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 has received grants, awards and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Music Center, Somerville (MA) Arts Council, Massachusetts Cultural Council, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, Harvard University, and more.  He is a 2015 recipient of a Fromm Foundation Commission for his composition Riot!

Recent concert seasons have included such highlights as the premiere of Holland’s Equality, commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, using poetry by Maya Angelou, with narration by actor Regina Taylor and rapper/actor Common; several performances by Curtis on Tour of String Quartet No. 2: Forged Sanctuaries, an NEA-funded commission by the Curtis Institute of Music, written to celebrate the National Park Service centennial as well as the 50th anniversary of the NEA; and the recent release of Fresh Paint, a new recording by the Radius Ensemble, featuring Synchrony, which is a response to many of the events that have sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 2016-2017 season will feature the premiere of Holland’s chamber opera Always by the Boston Opera Collaborative; numerous performances by members of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee community, including a new work Nancy Zeltsman, and a new work for wind ensemble; and, in the fall of 2017, a new work for the Cincinnati Symphony to celebrate the opening of the renovated Music Hall.

He is currently Chair of Composition, Theory and History at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as Faculty Chair of the Low Residency MFA in Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Halcyon Sun, Movement 2

An orchestral work based on the underground railroad and sunlight.

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This work, written for the Radius Ensemble, is about duality, simultaneity, and living in the age of the first African American President juxtaposed with the need for the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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String Quartet No. 2: Forged Sanctuaries

Commissioned by Curtis on Tour, with funding from the NEA, this work was written about the Cape Cod National Seashore to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th Anniversary of the NEA.

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