Kevin B. Holland
Kevin B. Holland
Director of Music Ministries
Kevin B. Holland joined the First Church staff as Director of Music Ministries in October 2009.
He comes to First Church from Suncreek UMC in Allen, Texas, where he served as Minister of Music overseeing a broadly-based music ministry including choirs and instrumental ensembles for preschool children through adults.
A native of North Carolina, Mr. Holland holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in percussion performance and conducting from Elon University in Elon, NC along with additional graduate studies at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, VA).
has studied conducting with James Jordan and Joseph Flummerfelt (Westminster Choir College) and Robert Shafer (Shenandoah Conservatory) and has held music ministry positions in North Carolina, Colorado, and Virginia since 1979.
As a part of his work at Suncreek UMC, Mr. Holland was the founding director of Cantate , a choir for students in grades six through twelve that grew to over one hundred members in only three years.
maintains an active music ministry throughout the year by leading in worship every Sunday along with the presentation of two fully-staged musicals each year.
choir also undertakes an annual tour and has presented concerts throughout western Texas and New Mexico along with the Midwestern and Eastern United States including such notable venues as the Cathedral of St. John
the Divine in New York, NY and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
The choir recently traveled to the Czech Republic for its first international tour singing in Prague and five other Czech cities.
While serving as the Director of Music Ministries
at First Presbyterian Church
in Concord, NC, Mr. Holland
managed an endowed, community concert series that included performances by the church's ensembles as well as local, regional and national artists including members of the Charlotte Symphony
, the Tokyo String Quartet
and the male vocal ensemble Chanticleer . In June of 2002 the church's Sanctuary Choir was featured in the premiere performance of Paul Basler's Missa Kenya at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival
in Charleston, SC with the composer performing as French horn soloist.
Over his career Mr. Holland's
choirs have performed choral masterworks with orchestra such as the Requiem by Mozart, Brahms, Faure and Durufle, Handel's Messiah, the Christmas Oratorio by J.S. Bach and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.
In addition to Mr. Holland's
active teaching and conducting schedule, he
is increasingly in demand as a clinician in the areas of choral music, handbells, African drumming and the use of multi-cultural and ethnic music in worship.
He also serves as the President of the Dallas Chapter of Choristers Guild and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cross Timbers Youth Orchestra.
wife, Karen, have two daughters, Ashley and Sarah.