Christopher Holman

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Christopher Holman
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CitizenshipUnited States
EducationMaster of Music Degree
Alma materUniversity of Houston
University of Oxford
Years active2014-Present
Known forFounded Vox Humana (a free online editorial journal)

Christopher Holman[1] (born 1992) is an American organist and musicologist. His areas of specialty include the organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach, French classical organ alternatim performance practice, and renaissance keyboard music from Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. He is Editor of the organ journal Vox Humana,[2] and is a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, where he also is the Organ Scholar at Exeter College, and holds the post of Organ Teacher at the Dragon School.[3]


Holman began music studies in organ with Dana Robinson and singing with Cynthia Haymon, earning bachelor's degrees in both organ and vocal performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2014. He then earned a Master of Music Degree in organ from the University of Houston in 2016. Holman was appointed Music Associate for the Bach Society Houston and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.[4]

In September 2018, he began a post as Hauptorganist at Pfarrei Heilig Geist in Suhr, Switzerland and founded the "Geistliche Abendmusiken" concert series.[5][6] In 2019, he moved to Oxford, and is now pursuing doctoral study at New College under the supervision of Robert Quinney. He is also Organ Scholar at Exeter College.


Holman won first prize in both performance and hymn playing in the 2010 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival competition.[7] Since then, he has performed and given lectures for major international music festivals, including the Bachfest Leipzig, National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative, International Organ and Early Music Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico, Organi Storici Cortona, Boulder Bach Festival,[8] and Houston Early Music Festival. His career has focused significantly on playing on historic instruments, and notably, he has performed on the gothic organs at Valère Basilica and the Rysum organ, the two oldest playable organs in the world.[9]

He has released CDs of historically informed modern organs by Pasi Organ Builders and the Noack Organ Company, and has appeared on multiple recordings with the Bach Society Houston and University of Houston Moores School Concert Chorale.[10][11][12]

In the field of musicology, he is Director of Musicology for the Bach Society Houston. In 2017, he founded Vox Humana, a free online editorial journal that presents current ideas, trends, and research relating to the organ by leading musicians and scholars from around the world.[13]

External Links


  1. "Christopher Holman". Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  2. "Vox Humana". Vox Humana. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. "Christopher Holman | Oxford University Faculty of Music". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  4. Melissa Merli (6 November 2017). "Studio Visit: Christopher Holman". The News gazette.
  5. "Geistliche Abendmusiken". Geistliche Abendmusiken. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  6. Wild, Ueli (14 March 2019). "Ein Organist nutzt seine Kontakte". Aargauer Zeitung. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  7. "Past Winners". Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival Hartford. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  8. "Music by Handel, Vivaldi on Bachtoberfest program". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  9. "Christopher Holman - récital d'orgue". Festival International de l'Orgue Ancien.
  10. "Bach and His Teachers Music of J. S. Bach & his contemporaries - Christopher Holman, Organist (Live Recording) | High Definition Tape Transfers". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  11. "A New Year Organ Recital - Christopher Holman & Jeffrey Cooper, organists | High Definition Tape Transfers". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  12. "Cathedral Voices: Sacred Masterworks for Chorus". Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  13. "About | Vox Humana". Vox Humana. Retrieved 2018-08-01.

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