Thomas Holm, D.M.A.
Professor of Music
D.M.A., University of Illinois
M.Mus., University of Alberta
M.Mus., University of Idaho
B.S.M., Big Sky Bible College
Dr. Holm directs the A cappella Choir and Heritage Singers Chamber Choir at Northwestern College. He also conducts the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus. Prior to coming to Northwestern College, he served as director of choirs at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta, and as chair of the fine arts department and music professor at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Holm is the recipient of two Canada Council Choral Conducting grants, as well as the two-year Sir Frederick Haultain Fellowship awarded by the Province of Alberta for outstanding academic scholarship in the arts.
- Vocal Diction
Vocal Diction (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to acquaint the student with the singer's pronunciation of English, French, German, Italian and Latin, using the standard International Phonetic Alphabet. Prerequisite: applied voice or permission of instructor.
- Exploring Music
Exploring Music (3 credits) The student will survey the role of both music and musician in relation to
the intellectual, religious and social conditions of the Renaissance, Baroque,
Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. Through listening and by examination
of the elements and forms of music, the student will study the nature of the
creative process in the context of a Christian perspective.
- Special Topics in Music
Special Topics in Music (2 credits, non- yearly, consult department) This course provides in-depth study of special topics in music. Students will look at philosophical and practical issues in music within society and various cultures. Students will explore questions in theoretical, theological, historical, and performance approaches to music. Prerequisite: MUS318 or permission of instructor.
- Voice Lessons
Voice Lessons (1-2 credits) Private instruction is offered in keyboard, voice, brass, woodwind, percussion and string performance. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
- Heritage Singers
Heritage Singers (1/4 credit) Membership in each ensemble is by auditions held in the fall during the first week of classes.
- A cappella Choir
A cappella Choir
- Voice Class
Voice Class (1 credit) This class is designed for the beginning singer and addresses the processes and mechanics of singing such as posture, breathing, tone production and diction. A rudimentary knowledge of note reading is expected.
- Basic Conducting
Basic Conducting (2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to assist students in developing a basic conducting technique. Skills are taught which enable the student to direct vocal and instrumental groups. Included in the course are studies in transposition, clef reading and score preparation. Prerequisite: MUS112.
- History of Music I
History of Music I (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from ancient times through the Baroque is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
- History of Music II
History of Music II (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) (IGE option under Aesthetic Experience) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the Classical era to the middle of the 19th century is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
- History of Music III
History of Music III (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Music history courses present a summary of the chronological development of music in western civilization. Music from the late 19th century through the present is covered. Prerequisite: MUS112 or permission of instructor.
Publications and presentations
- "Choosing Literature for a Powerful Performance," published in the spring 2004 edition of Melisma, the official publication of the North Central American Choral Directors Association
- "Arvo Pärt’s Miserere: an overview", presented on Friday March 2010, at the Arvo Pärt and Contemporary Spirituality Conference, Boston University
- Assistant Conductor, University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club
- Director of Choral Ensembles, The King's University College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Chairman, Fine Arts Department, Prairie Bible College, Three Hills, Alberta, Canada
- American Choral Directors Association
- Iowa Choral Directors Association
- Canada Council Study Grant in Choral Music, 1995
- Province of Alberta Sir Frederick Haultain Fellowship, 1993 and 1994