Having made the Midwest both his home and professional setting in performance and education, Brandon Hollihan has held many titles as a choral conductor and educator. Presently Brandon is earning a DMA degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Notre Dame through the school's renowned Sacred Music Program. His conducting teacher is Dr. Carmen-Helena Tellez, and under her guidance he gave a conducting recital focused on the German Baroque and featuring Bach's "Reformation" cantata, "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," BWV 80.
Before this Brandon taught vocal music at Whetstone High School in Columbus City Schools, a school rich in tradition in music that has produced many outstanding talents in instrumental and vocal music. He was also the choir director and organist at Northwest United Methodist Church, where he has given performances of Handel's Messiah (2012) and the Oratorio de Noel by Camille Saint-Saens (2014). Brandon also directed the Clintonville Community Choir, an exceptional community ensemble that meets Monday evenings at Whetstone and performs frequently in Clintonville and other Columbus neighborhoods.
Brandon earned his BA in Music from the University of Notre Dame, studying with baritone John Riley-Schofield. He then went on to earn dual Masters degrees in Voice and Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. He cites Hilary Apfelstadt, Robert Ward and Robin Rice as several of his teachers who gave him the resources and inspiration to realize his goal of being a professional musician and educator.
Recent past performances include multiple performances with the chorus of Opera Columbus, pianist for a performance of Carmina Burana at Upper Arlington High School (2010), George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano at Northwest UMC (2010), and Faure's Requiem at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Hilliard (2009).
Teaching Philosophy: Brandon believes in the importance of utilizng the talents of all students, who are all diverse in nature and sharing different cultural experiences, and nurture each individual's gifts and provide them with experiences that will keep with them for the rest of their lives. He is also a strong believer of "maximizing" one's choral program, and that the quality of output is far more important than the quantity.