Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Colin Holman, Ph.D.

Title/s: Director of Symphony Orchestra

Office #: Mundelein 177

Phone: 773.508.7974

E-mail: cholman@luc.edu


Dr. Colin Holman maintains an active professional career in Chicago where he divides his energies between conducting and musicology. Dr. Holman graduated from the University of Birmingham, England and was awarded a Direct Exchange Scholarship and a Graduate Honors Fellowship to complete his Masters degree in orchestral conducting and his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kansas where he was a conducting student of George Lawner and Zuohuang Chen. 

Dr. Holman taught Japanese and American students at Teikyo Westmar University for two years before moving to Chicago. He has lectured at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College, and North Park University.

Dr. Holman's extensive conducting credits include work in opera and musical theatre, with orchestras and concert bands, and in early music. 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 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