Upcoming Events

May 2014
7: Concerto performance with the Illinois Wind Symphony (Urbana, IL)
10: Concerto performance with the Illinois Wind Symphony (Urbana, IL)

June 2014
22-28: Illinois Summer Youth Music Saxophone Camp (Urbana, IL)
24: Illinois Summer Youth Music Faculty Recital (Urbana, IL)
28: Illinois Summer Youth Music Saxophone Camp Final Concert (Urbana, IL)

July 2014
29: Performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia (Chicago, IL)


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About Michael

Dr. J. Michael Holmes is a talented solo and chamber musician who “…is emerging as one of America’s stars in the world of the concert saxophone” (states saxophonist John Sampen). Professor Holmes’ active playing career has seen him performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the United States, Taiwan, and throughout Europe (including a 2012 European tour with the renown St. Louis Symphony Orchestra). Dr. Holmes has received national acclaim as an orchestral saxophonist, and has performed with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Sinfonia da Camera, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Holmes has also shared the stage with artists such as Ben Folds, The Temptations, Manahattan Transfer, and Idina Menzel… just to name a few. As an active chamber musician, Holmes is the soprano saxophonist in the Obsidian Quartet, which is comprised of passionate performers, teachers and advocates for the arts…. VIEW FULL BIO

2012 Saxophone Journal Article

Obsidian Quartet

2014 NASA Conference