Dr Leonie Joyce Holmes

DMus

Biography

Dr Leonie Holmes is a senior lecturer in Composition and Music Studies at the School of Music.  A prominent New Zealand composer, she receives frequent commissions from both professional and community groups in the fields of orchestral, chamber, choral, vocal and solo instrumental music. Recent works have been commissioned and/or performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, BBC singers, Kings Singers, Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, Auckland Philharmonia, ensemble paladino, Aventa Ensemble Canada, Zephyr Wind Quintet, NZ Trio, Toronto Children’s Choir, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Estrella Quartet, and Jade String Quartet.  Her orchestral music has been released on the Atoll label Solstice, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei (#ACD819). A CD of chamber music titled when expectation ends (ACD618) featuring NZTrio, Estrella, Strata Quartet, Zephyr, and other solo artists was released in 2017.

Stemming from her work as Composer-in-Schools in the 1990s, she is also interested in music education and in developing a musical language that will engage and challenge non-professional players.  She has written many works for school and community groups and is active as a speaker, adjudicator and teacher at all levels and age groups within the New Zealand music community.

Leonie has been Composer-in-Residence at the Nelson School of Music 1986, Composer-in-Schools 1989, Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia 1997, and Composer-in-Residence with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra in 2005. She was awarded the CANZ Trust Fund for Compositional Development in 1991, a Certificate for Contribution to Music in the Auckland Region from the NZSO and Symphony Friends in 1993, and the Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Composition, University of Otago in 2001. Leonie was a member of the Composers Committee, Centre for New Zealand Music (SOUNZ) 1996-1997, co-ordinator of the Nelson Composers Workshop 2001-2002, and is a member of the Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ).

Research | Current

  • Instrumental and vocal composition

Teaching | Current

  • Composition
  • New Zealand Music
  • Materials of Music/ Musicianship skills
  • Composition and creative music studies in music education

Postgraduate supervision

Supervisions/co-supervisions 2012-2017

Richard Francis DMus

Margaret L Webster DMus

Jay Greenberg DMus

Anthony Young DMus

Timothy Febey MMus

Katherine Bell MMus

Boris Golovin MMus

Josiah Carr MMus

Distinctions/Honours

  • NICAI Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award 2010
  • Philip Neill Memorial Prize in Composition, University of Otago 2001
  • Certificate for Contribution to Music in the Auckland Region, NZSO and Symphony Friends 1993
  • Composers Association of New Zealand Trust Fund for Compositional Development 1991
  • Finalist SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2014

Committees/Professional groups/Services

CANZ (Composers Association of New Zealand)
APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association)
SOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Holmes, L. J.Dance of the Wintersmith. (2017). School of Music Festival. Leonie Holmes.
  • Holmes, L. ...when expectation ends, 1/1/2017. [CD], (54:28), .
  • Holmes, L. J.Ritual for Wind Quintet. (2016). New Zealand School of Music Lunchtime Concert.
  • Holmes, L. J., & Powell, A.Land pictures. (2015). Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir in Christchurch: Christophers Classics.
  • Holmes, L. Solstice, 1/1/2014. [CD], (58:20), , Commissioning body: Atoll Records
  • Holmes, L. J.Aquae Sulis for orchestra. (2012).
  • Holmes, L. J.Through Coiled Stillness. (2011). Pre-Tour Concert, Music Theatre, School of Music 11 May 2011.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/10745
  • Holmes, L. J."Silver Whispers" for SATB choir, flute, 2 pianos, celesta, 3 percussion. (2004).

Contact details

Primary office location

MUSIC SCHOOL - Bldg 250
Level 2, Room 211
6 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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