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School of Music to Open Holsinger Archive

Lee University’s School of Music will host “David R. Holsinger: The Man and His Music” to commemorate the opening of the Holsinger Music Archive on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Squires Recital Hall, located in the Humanities Building.

“David Holsinger is recognized as one of the truly great composers of music for wind bands, and it just so happens that he lives in Cleveland and is a professor at Lee University,” said Laud Vaught, coordinator of Lee’s Music Resource Center (MRC). “We felt that, since he designated Lee and its music library, the MRC, as his official archive location, and we now have that archive ready to launch, we would take the opportunity to celebrate his illustrious and ongoing career as well as allow the public to meet and hear from the composer himself.”

The event will feature an interview with Holsinger and his wife Winona to discuss his career and music. After the interview, there will be a time of congratulations for Holsinger, as well as a reception in the Squires lobby.

Guests are invited to visit the MRC in the Curtsinger Music Building after the event to view the physical archive. Guests will also be instructed on how to view the digital archive at the event.

Holsinger’s compositional career spans over 50 years, and his compositions for wind ensemble and chamber ensembles include well over 100 pieces that are performed on a regular basis by ensembles in high schools, on college campuses, and in professional music organizations. His compositions have won four national competitions, including a two-time American Band Association Ostwald Award. His works have also been finalists in the National Band Association and Sudler competitions.

Holsinger joined the Lee University School of Music faculty in 1999, where he teaches conducting and composing. During the past 12 years, he has also served as visiting composer in residence at 11 American colleges and universities and has held the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, his master’s from Central Missouri State University, and his bachelor’s from Central Methodist College.

This event is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

For more information, contact Vaught.
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