Ronald Holz

Professor of Music History; Orchestra Director; Professor of Trumpet

Ronald Holz

DR. RONALD W. HOLZ, Professor of Music Literature and Instrumental Music at Asbury University, is a noted music historian, author, conductor, lecturer, and clinician, particularly in the field instrumental music. His guest appearances have taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Scandinavia. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on the literature, culture, and history of the British-style brass band.

Dr. Holz is the conductor of the Asbury University Orchestra, instructor of trumpet, and coordinator/coach of the Instrumental Chamber Ensembles of the Collegium Musicum).

Ronald Holz Orchestra

Dr. Holz teaches the following classes:

  • MHL 251 - History and Literature of Music I
  • MHL 252 - History and Literature of Music II
  • MHL 352 - Symphonic Literature
  • MHL 353 - Choral Masterworks
  • MHL 354 - Music Since 1900
  • MHL 356 - Opera and Musical Theater
  • MHL 391 - Introduction to Musicology
  • MHL 475 - Senior Music History Thesis Seminar
  • MTH 293 - Introduction to Composition & Arranging
  • MTH 393 - Composition Lessons
  • MUS 100 - Understanding Music (Core Curriculum course)

Dr. Holz completed his graduate training in historical musicology at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.Mus.) and the University of Connecticut (Ph.D.). At Asbury University he served as Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts from 1985-1991, having joined the faculty in 1981. Dr. Holz holds positions on the boards of such musical organizations as the North American Brass Band Association and serves as a member of the Editorial Review Committee of the International Trumpet Guild. His publications include several critically acclaimed books:

  • Brass Bands of The Salvation Army: Their Mission and Music, Volumes 1 and 2
  • The Proclaimers: A History of the New York Staff Band, 1887--2007
  • Erik Leidzén: Band Arranger and Composer


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Dr. Ronald Holz practicing with John Opina, Class of 2011, during Opina's trumpet lesson.

Extracurricular ensembles led by Dr. Holz include the Salvation Army Student Fellowship Brass Band of Asbury University, and the internationally famed Lexington Brass Band, which he has brought to international prominence in a very short period of time. This ensemble has given invitational concerts at such events as The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, The International Trumpet Guild annual conference, and the All England Masters Brass Band Championships, Cambridge, England.

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