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robert holliday, m.f.a.
adjunct faculty (theory, keyboard)

Robert Holliday is a composer, pianist/keyboardist and performance artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. Robert began studying piano, music theory and composition at an early age. In 2008, Robert earned his B.M. in composition from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, focusing on jazz performance in addition to composition. His growing interest in avant-garde music prompted him to move to Los Angeles and earn his M.F.A. in composition at California Institute of the Arts. Encountering the music of Jani Christou, and continuing his interest in American experimental music, Robert began to cultivate a unique compositional style integrating noise, American experimental music, jazz, avant-garde rock and performance art.

Robert has written for and performed with a variety of ensembles in a diverse array of styles. He has performed and written for large jazz ensembles, large mixed orchestras, small chamber groups, solo performances, collaborated with visual artists, choreographers and filmmakers.  His current focus is on a multi-movement work for an experimental rock/noise ensemble entitled “The Pineal Eye”, a set of guerilla performance art pieces entitled “The Milgram Theater Experiments”, research and application of “bio-frequencies” for meditation and a number of “species specific” musical works.

Robert has taught upper level and post tonal theory at California Institute of the Arts in addition to private lessons in music theory, history, composition and piano for a number of years. His music theory textbook Extended Harmony is currently in use for upper-level students studying popular music at California College of Music.

M.F.A. in Composition, California Institute of the Arts
B.M. in Composition, Capital University

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