Thomas Holm
Professor of Music; Department Chair
Thomas Holm

Dr. Holm is a gifted musician with 40+ years of teaching and conducting experience. The conductor of Northwestern’s A cappella Choir and Heritage Singers, he recently toured with the choir in Sweden and Denmark.

Choral director
Dr. Holm teaches a wide variety of choral, vocal and music history courses, in addition to directing Northwestern’s choral ensembles. He also conducts the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus, a community ensemble that performs classical choral pieces at least once a year.

Ties to Taiwan
During the 2016–17 academic year, Dr. Holm taught choral techniques at a university in Taiwan, conducted choirs, and began research into Taiwanese choral music. His appreciation for the country’s music spurred him to prepare more than a dozen Taiwanese scores for use by American choral directors—producing pronunciation guides, cultural contexts and poetic summaries. He will return to Taiwan during the 2023 spring semester to continue this work.

Canadian chorister
Prior to coming to Northwestern, Dr. Holm served as director of choirs at The King’s College University in Edmonton, Alberta, and as professor of music and chair of the fine arts department at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.

Teaching with intention
Dr. Holm’s students describe him as “wise, articulate and passionate about his work.” Students appreciate his intentionality in getting to know them as people, often providing words of encouragement on a rough day.

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