» Dr. Jeffrey Holmes
Associate Professor

College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Jeffrey Holmes
Office Location:
Bertea Hall 207B
(714) 744-2159
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Bachelor of Music
University of Southern California, Master of Music
University of Southern California, Doctor of Music in Music

Jeffrey Holmes' music has been called “Captivating…haunting and slightly disorienting” by the Los Angeles Times, “Drifting…ethereal” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, and “Interesting and musically arresting, music to be really heard and deserving of reflection” by the Society of Composers, INC. His works have been performed at festivals including the Darmstadt Ferienkurs für Neue Musik (Germany), Cap Ferret Music Festival (France), June in Buffalo (New York), the Etchings Festival (Maulin a Nef, Auvillar, France), the La Pietra Forum for Contemporary Music (Villa La Pietra, Florence, Italy), “Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival” (Pittsburgh), “Outside the Box” (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), the Festival en el Conservatorio de los Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), and at MicroFest, the HEAR NOW Festival of New Music, the "What's Next?" festival, and the Laguna Beach Music Festival (Los Angeles), and has been featured in venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Historic Dvorak Museum (Prague), and the Chapelle historique de Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). He has received commissions, performances, and awards from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, the Jebediah Foundation New Music Commissions (JFNMC), the Talea Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood, the Firebird Ensemble, the Penderecki String Quartet, Ensemble SoundInitiative (France), the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), Piano Spheres, the Lyris Quartet, FretX Duo (Dan Lippel and Mak Grgić), USC Thornton Symphony, Mark Menzies and the “Inauthentica” Chamber Orchestra, California Institute of the Arts "New Century Players", Duo Resonances – France, the Eclipse String Quartet, Brightwork New Music Ensemble, Duo Amantis, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ), the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and others. He holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Southern California, and has studied with composers Donald Crockett, Georg Friedrich Haas, Stephen Hartke and Dusan Bogdanovic. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Composition at Chapman University, and has been on the faculty at the University of Southern California. His music is published by Edition Svitzer (Copenhagen, Denmark), Doberman-Yppan (Quebec, Canada), and Theodore Front Musical Literature and J.W. Pepper (USA), and has been recorded on both MicroFest Records, and the Sono Luminus label, distributed internationally by Naxos.

Upcoming projects include: a commission from JFNMC for a major work for the Talea Ensemble ("Hagall"), to be premiered in New York in March 2016; a concerto for pianist Aron Kallay and Brightwork New Music Ensemble ("Thrall"), to be premiered in Los Angeles in Fall, 2016; and a new work for the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet's 2016-17 season ("Uruz").