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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


I teach 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.

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

I also host a radio program on 90.7 FM-WNCU, "The Midday Jazz Adjustment" from 11am-1pm Monday through Friday.


Timothy Holley is an alumnus of Baldwin Wallace University and The University of Michigan. He has collaborated with the Mallarmé Chamber Players and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1997.

His doctoral dissertation at U-M focused on the cello music of African American composers, and he has given premiere performances of works by T. J. Anderson, William Banfield, Trevor Weston and Adolphus Hailstork--including the Sonata for Solo Cello, which was written for him. He has performed Valerie Capers? Song of the Seasons for soprano, cello and piano with Louise Toppin in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He can also be heard on commercial recordings with Nneena Freelon (?Homefree?), Oral Moses (?Songs of America?), and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (?American Spectrum?). He recently performed with the Mallarme Chamber Players (on short notice!!) in a concert of ?Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro? with pianist and composer Billy Childs (2016).

He has participated in recent Gateways Music Festivals for Black Classical Musicians at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), the VIDEMUS@25 Festival at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012). He co-hosted A Symposium of Celebration for the 100th birthday of Margaret Bonds at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in March 2013. He also participated in the Colour of Music Festivals of Black Classical Musicians in Charleston, South Carolina (2013, 2014, 2017).

Dr. Holley has given lectures on the aesthetic diversities of African-American concert music, as exemplified by the influence of the Negro spiritual on the cello music of African-American composers, the poetry of Langston Hughes and its influence on the music of Howard Swanson. He has made two cello transcriptions of works by William Grant Still, and contributed encyclopedia entries on the Negro String Quartet and the Symphony of the New World. In 2013 he started the online Facebook group ?The African American Cello History Collective?, and also maintains a companion blogsite titled ?A View From The Scroll?, www.viewedscroll.blogspot.com He serves as Associate Professor of Music at North Carolina Central University.

Research Interests

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


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


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