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Timothy W Holley

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Associate Professor of Music
(919) 530-6437
(919) 530-7979
207 C. Ruth Edwards Music Hall


Teaching the following courses: Applied (APPL) Violin, Viola, Cello Primary and Secondary Courses; String Ensemble; Strings Class; Arts & Humanities II; Survey of Music; Twentieth Century Music; The Music of Black Composers.

Assorted senior faculty committee responsibilities whenever the need arises, and it arises regularly!!

Perform...as much as practice, rehearsal and opportunity to perform present and provide!!


TIMOTHY HOLLEY is an alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University and The University of Michigan, where he studied with Regina Mushabac, Jerome Jelinek, Jeffrey Solow and Erling Bløndal Bengtsson. He has collaborated with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997.

His doctoral dissertation focused on the cello music of African American composers, and his activities have continued in the study and performance of African American concert music. He has given world premiere performances of works by T. J. Anderson (Spirit Songs, commissioned by Yo-Yo Ma), William Banfield (“Soul Gone Home” for soprano and chamber ensemble with Nneena Freelon), and Trevor Weston (“Life Goes” for soprano and chamber ensemble with Louise Toppin), and Adolphus Hailstork (Theme and Variations for solo cello, and most recently the Sonata for Cello). He performed Valerie Capers’ Song of the Seasons for soprano, cello and piano with Louise Toppin in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York (2001). He can also be heard as an assisting artist on commercial recordings with Nneena Freelon (“Homefree”), Oral Moses (“Songs of America”), and with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (“American Spectrum”).

He has participated in recent Gateways Music Festivals in Rochester, New York (2011, 2013), the VIDEMUS@25 Festival at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012), and with VIDEMUS co-hosted A Symposium of Celebration, on the 100th birthday of Margaret Bonds’ at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC Central University in March 2013. He also participated in the inaugural Colour of Music Festival of Black Classical Musicians in October 2013 (Charleston, SC).

Dr. Holley has lectured on the diversity of African-American concert music, including Ludwig van Beethoven, George Bridgetower and the “Kreutzer” Sonata, the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, and the poetry of Langston Hughes and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson. He has made cello transcriptions of works by William Grant Still, and contributed encyclopedia entries on the Negro String Quartet and the Symphony of the New World. He is an Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University.

Research Interests

The Music of African-American composers; Jazz; The Aesthetics of Music Appreciation; Jazz and String Playing; African-American History; Poetry; Afro-American Music History; the Cello and Chamber Music of African American Composers; Orchestral and Chamber Music Performance, History & Appreciation.


DMA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1996
MMU University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1984
BMU Baldwin-Wallace College 1982


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