Jonathan Bailey Holland received his undergraduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied composition with Ned Rorem. He later received a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where his teachers included Bernard Rands, Mario Davidovsky, Yehudi Wyner, and Andrew Imbrie.
Dr. Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, St. Louis, and South Bend symphony orchestras; Auros Group for New Music; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies; Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Orchestra 2001, and many others. He has received honors and awards from the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Music Center, ASCAP, and the Presser Foundation, among others. He has served as composer in residence for the Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota; Ritz Chamber Players; the Detroit and South Bend symphony orchestras; and the Radius Ensemble.
Recent highlights include the recording of his composition Synchrony by the Radius Ensemble, released on their album Fresh Paint; the premiere of Equality, using the poetry of Maya Angelou, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; premieres at the Boston Conservatory and by the Berklee Wind Ensemble, Boston Opera Collaborative, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, vocalist Stephen Salters, and marimbist Nancy Zeltsman; and performances by the Da Capo Chamber Players.
Mr. Holland chairs the department of composition, theory, and history at the Boston Conservatory, and is a founding faculty member in the music composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has also been professor of composition at Berklee College of Music.