An accomplished, award winning composer of exciting, challenging, and vivacious new music, Dr. Matthew James Holman has crafted works for ensembles of all sizes - from solo piano pieces to compositions for full symphony orchestra. Dr. Holman infuses a raw, raucous, cinematic sensibility into each of his works, drawing inspiration from composers such as Nobuo Uematsu, Bear McCreary, Martin O'Donnell, Sergei Prokofiev, and Maurice Ravel. Dr. Holman's music provides audiences with exhilarating and fully satisfying concert and multimedia experiences. The high quality of Dr. Holman's work was recently recognized when he received the Ida M. Vreeland Award for Music Composition - the highest award for music composition that the University of Nebraska - Lincoln can bestow.
As an educator, Dr. Holman has gained significant experience as a member of the academic community. Most recently, Matthew Holman has worked on the faculty at the University of Idaho, where he taught two sections of electronic music. During his time at UNL, Dr. Holman was selected to participate in the school's 'Preparing Future Faculty' program. This nationally recognized program was designed to better familiarize its participants with the different aspects of faculty life, and allowed Dr. Holman to participate in a semester long mentorship program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Holman's areas of expertise include Music Composition, Music Technology, Music Theory - both traditional Western Theory and Jazz Theory, Orchestration and Arranging, and Aural Skills. Dr. Holman has cultivated these skills through coursework, and through numerous years working as a Teaching Assistant. As a teaching assistant, Dr. Holman has taught classes, led independent study groups, and graded homework, quizzes, and tests. Dr. Holman has also refined his teaching abilities while a student at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln by way of the school's 'Music Theory Pedagogy' course, its 'Technology Strategies for Teaching Composition' course, and the completion of his Orff Schulwerk teaching certification.
Dr. Holman's music has been featured in a wide variety of performances throughout his career. These performances include a theatre production of "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" by John Bishop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, several dance performances at the University of Idaho, and a variety of recital performances as well. Most recently, Dr. Holman's piece for String Bass Quintet, Cosmic Dawn, was selected to be featured in the 'Original Music Showcase' concert of the Omaha Performing Arts' The Rite Returns festival which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
Matthew Holman's compositions encompass a diverse set of mediums and genres, such as scores for films, and other multimedia pieces which are electronically generated and incorporate visual elements. Additionally, many of Dr. Holman's recent works have incorporated a diverse array of self-made music technology - such as the creation of a performance-based video game, and a light-based electronic music box. Matthew Holman's acoustic works have included pieces for vocal choir, string quartet, woodwind quintet, piano trio, orchestra, and a variety of solo works. Additionally, Dr. Holman has recently completed work on his first concerto for violin and full orchestra.
As a performer, Matthew Holman has worked with a diverse array of ensembles. These ensemble affiliations have included playing several seasons with the Washington-Idaho Symphony. Dr. Holman has also played several summer concerts with the Rendezvous Orchestra, conducted by Yaacov Bergman. Other groups he has worked with have included the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Idaho Falls Opera Theater, and the Snake River Chamber Orchestra.
Matthew Holman first began seriously studying music composition while in college. He has worked with composers such as Dr. Robert Dickow and Daniel Bukvich while completing both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Idaho. Most recently, Dr. Holman has completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he began his studies with Dr. Eric Richards, and concluded them with Dr. Tyler White.