A native Texan, Dr. Christopher Holmes studied music theory at the University of Texas at Arlington and music history at Baylor University. He earned his PhD in musicology from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, completing a dissertation on the music of Peter Maxwell Davies.
Dr. Holmes' primary research interests are in the relationship between 20th century music, and tradition and aesthetics. His current research projects include papers on tradition and 20th century music and studies of the music of Peter Maxwell Davies, Edmund Rubbra, and Hans Werner Henze. He has presented papers at regional and national conferences on the music of Arnold Schoenberg and Peter Maxwell Davies, as well as pre-concert talks for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. He also organized a series of talks at the Anderson Public Library.
At Anderson University, Dr. Holmes teaches a variety of courses in music history and literature for music students and non-majors. He is also the founding director of the Community School for Performing Arts at Anderson University. He has previously taught music history courses for both undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University.
Dr. Holmes enjoys reading tales of espionage, watching films, fishing, and watching Dallas Cowboys football. But most especially, his joy is in his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Emma, Charlotte, Anne-Claire, and Elise.
Courses: History of Medieval and Renaissance Music, History of Baroque and Classic Music, History of 19th and 20th Century Music, History of Lyric Theatre, Introduction to Music Literature, Introduction to World Music, and Music, the Arts, and Culture, as well as seminars on various topics.
Dr. Christopher Holmes
Associate Professor of Music
BM, University of Texas at Arlington
MM, Baylor University
PhD, Indiana University