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Dr. Linda Holzer, UALR, 101D Fine Arts Building, Phone 569-3294

Photo of Dr. HolzerPianist Linda Holzer, professor of music, joined the faculty at UALR in August of 1995. In June 2001, she was named College Teacher of the Year by the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association. Dr. Holzer is an active soloist and chamber musician who has been heard in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New York Public Radio Station WNYC-FM, Noon Time Concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral in San Francisco, and as concerto soloist with several orchestras. She holds the BMus degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, the MM degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and the DMus degree from Florida State University.

An advocate of contemporary music, she has participated in premieres of pieces by composers such as Gwyneth Walker, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and John Steinmetz. As an author, Holzer has been published in several leading professional periodicals. Her article, "Where the Sidewalk Ends: Career Guidance for Music Majors," published in American Music Teacher magazine, won the prestigious "2003 Article of the Year" award. Her articles on composers Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and William Bolcom appeared in Piano & Keyboard magazine; her article on Florence Price was published in Clavier. She served as chair of the committee on the Pedagogy Student and the Young Professional for the 2007 and 2009 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and is also an active member of the Network of Music Career Development Officers (NETMCDO).

Linda Holzer has performed in 27 states, as well as abroad in Europe (Bratislava, Vienna), and Asia (Hong Kong, and Qingdao, China). She is featured on Podsafe Music Network. In addition, she has presented numerous workshops and masterclasses, and serves as an adjudicator at a wide range of festivals and competitions. Her teachers have included Leonard Mastrogiacomo (a pupil of Rudolph Ganz), Donald Isaak (a pupil of Carl Friedberg), Barbara Rowan (a pupil of Egon Petri), and Michael Zenge (a pupil of Emil Danenberg). She studied with Nelita True and John Perry as a scholarship student at the Southeastern Music Center.

Linda Holzer in-concert:

Listen: Chopin - Sonata in B-flat minor, Op. 35, I. Grave -- Doppio movimento 6:59
Listen: Bolcom - Hymne à l'amour, from Twelve New Etudes for Piano 7:26
Listen: Schubert - The Trout Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass, D. 667, IV Thema. Andantino mit Variationen 7:37
(w/Sandra McDonald, violin; Rafael Léon, cello; Katherine Reynolds, viola; John Dahlstrand, bass)

Her students have participated in summer music festivals and competitions such as the Eastern Music Festival, and the MTNA Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. They have gone on to graduate school, and careers as teachers, entrepreneurs, and performers, working in public and private schools and as independent music teachers and church musicians, as well as careers in the fields of law, business, medicine, and information technology.

Additionally, Dr. Holzer is a founding member of Mariposa with violinist Sandra McDonald, assistant concert master of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The duo has presented chamber music recitals throughout Arkansas. Their performances have been broadcast internationally, including 4MBS-FM (Brisbane, Australia), Southeastern Public Radio's "Eine kleine frauenmusik," WOMR-FM "The Latest Score (Provincetown, Massachusetts), KLRE-FM "Classical Arkansas" and WORT-FM "Variations on a Theme" (Madison, Wisconsin).

Prior to her appointment at UALR, Dr. Holzer served as an artist-in-residence for four seasons, performing under the auspices of the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program. She was profiled on "The Piano Education Page" as an Artist/Educator in 1997.

In the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UALR, Dr. Holzer serves as the team leader for Teaching with Technology, and works on initiatives involving course management software (Blackboard), web-enhanced courses, and distance learning. She teaches several web-enhanced courses, and offers piano pedagogy (MUED 3320) and perspectives on careers in music (MUED 4252) as blended courses for on-campus and off-campus students. In September 2011 she earned the Quality Matters Certificate of Recognition for exemplary distance-learning instruction and course design.

Questions on piano auditions at UALR? Please see the link for prospective students, or contact Dr. Holzer via e-mail at lrholzer@ualr.edu. General information about piano study at UALR is available at the Piano area web site.