Dr. Ron Holz Honored for Excellence in Teaching

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University is pleased to announce that Professor Ron Holz has been named 2014 College/University Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA).

The Teacher of the Year award honors those who exemplify teaching excellence in music education. Holz was nominated for the award by the local KMEA district and joined 11 other nominees for the state-wide award.

Dr. Ronald Holz
Dr. Ronald Holz

“Ron is the ‘teacher of teachers’ through the endless sharing of his expertise, particularly in the area of music history, brass pedagogy, and brass history,” said Tanya Bromley, past president of the KMEA. “His influence on musicians is astounding. He is a world-renowned authority on brass bands and brass band music. Dr. Holz has provided the model of an outstanding teacher and musician for his college students, as well as school-aged through adult musicians.”

Holz is Professor of Music Literature and Instrumental Music at Asbury, where he has taught since 1981, and coordinates the chamber music, music history and composition curricula. During his tenure at Asbury, Holz also has served as Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts. He is a noted music historian, conductor, lecturer, and adjudicator, particularly in the fields of brass and wind music. A leading authority on the literature and history of the British-style brass band, he has traveled extensively throughout North America and the United Kingdom as a featured guest. He conducts the Asbury University Orchestra, the SASF Brass Band of Asbury University, and the internationally praised Lexington Brass Band, a group he brought to acclaim via tours of Great Britain and Canada, international brass conferences, and performances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

His graduate training in historical musicology was completed at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Connecticut. Holz has written several critically acclaimed books in band history, and his articles and reviews appear in a wide range of periodicals. He has served multiple years as a leader of the North American Brass Band Association, including four years as President. He has worked as an artistic consultant and advisor to the Great American Brass Band Festival since its first year (1990), and has coordinated the GABBF Band History Conferences and Brass Symposiums of the GABBF since 2004.

“As an educator, I seek opportunities to make music and to teach about music so that as many different people (of all ages) can ‘understand’ it better and, with that added knowledge, play and sing their chosen music to the best of their ability,” Holz said. “In this, I aim to impart a life-long love of both performing and listening.

“I am most proud when I connect with other people, and the music we make or discuss together becomes a vehicle not just only for entertainment, happiness, aesthetic pleasure, or knowledge, but an experience that is ‘good for us’ and leads us towards the Source who can make us fully human.”

Holz will be recognized on Feb. 7 at the KMEA Professional Development Conference in Louisville, Ky.

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