• David Holsinger
    Dr. David Holsinger

    Award-winning composer and conductor David R. Holsinger is a professor of music at Lee University. In addition to teaching music classes, he conducts the audition-only Wind Ensemble. Holsinger's compositions have won four national competitions, including a two-time American Band Association Ostwald Award.

    For Holsinger, band music is art and science. His compositions are played far and wide, and his Wind Ensemble soaks up the knowledge that he shares through this mentorship. Having earned a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Kansas, Holsinger has also been honored with both an honorary doctorate and the Gustavus Fine Arts Medallion from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

    In the summer of 1998, during the Texas Bandmasters’ Association convention in San Antonio, the United States Air Force Band of the West featured Holsinger as the HERITAGE VI composer. An elected member of the American Bandmasters Association, Holsinger's recent honors include Women Band Directors International’s Al G. Wright Award, the Christian Instrumental Directors Association Director of the Year Citation, and the 2011 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award.

    In July 2012, Holsinger was inducted by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity into the distinguished Alpha Alpha Chapter at its national convention in Orlando. Holsinger, who originally was inducted into Phi Mu Alpha in the spring of 1964, was also presented with the Signature Sinfonian Medal, one of the fraternity’s highest honors. He was one of the founding sponsors of Lee’s Phi Mu Alpha chapter.

    In April 2003, Holsinger was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist University. The following month, Lee’s President Dr. Paul Conn presented the Holsinger with the "Excellence in Scholarship" award for his continued achievement in musical composition.

    In addition to his university duties, Holsinger spends much of his energies as a guest composer and conductor with All-State organizations, professional bands, and university ensembles throughout the United States. When not composing or conducting, he unwinds with his legendary model train collection.

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