• David Holsinger
    David Holsinger,
    Professor of Music

    B.M. E. Central Methodist College
    M. A. Central Missouri State University
    L. H. D. Gustavus Adolphus College
    D.M.A. University of Kansas
    Email: dholsinger@leeuniversity.edu

    In 1999, having served 15 years as Composer in Residence to Shady Grove Church of Grand Prairie, Texas, award-winning composer and conductor David R. Holsinger (b 1945) relocated to Cleveland, Tenn., where he teaches conducting and composition, as well as serves as conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Lee University.

    Holsinger's 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. Educated at Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, and the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Holsinger was also honored with an honorary Doctorate and the Gustavus Fine Arts Medallion from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, 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. This prestigious series celebrating American wind composers was founded in 1992, and had previously honored Morton Gould, Ron Nelson, Robert Jager, W. Francis McBeth, and Roger Nixon. 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, the 2011 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award, and biographical inclusion in both The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music, Vol. I and III, and Norman Smith’s Program Notes for Band.

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

    In April of 2003, Holsinger was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Methodist University, and the following month, at Graduation Ceremonies, Dr. Paul Conn, president of Lee University, presented the composer with the university’s prestigious "Excellence in Scholarship" faculty award for his continued achievement in musical composition.

    During the past 12 years, Holsinger has served as visiting Composer in Residence at 11 American colleges and universities, and held the Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Holsinger recently contributed a chapter for the GIA Publication “Composers on Composing for Band,” edited by Mark Camphouse. This book features insights on musical creativity by 11 American band composers.

    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 “plays” with model trains.

    More information, including a printable list of Holsinger's compositions, can be found on the Internet at David Holsinger's website.

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