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Brian Holmes was born in Washington D. C. He graduated from Punahou School in Honolulu, received a Bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and earned a PhD in experimental low temperature physics from Boston University. He joined the Physics Department of San Jose State University in 1983, where he taught a course on the physics of music. He retired in 2017. He has given invited lectures on the Physics of brass instruments all over the US. Active as a horn player, he has performed with the San Jose Symphony and Opera San Jose.

He prefers to compose for chorus or solo voice. He has been composer-in-residence to four choruses, including the San Francisco Choral Artists and Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose. His compositions are published by Thorpe Music, Santa Barbara, Hal Leonard, Roger Dean, Leyerle, Thompson Edition, and Galaxy. He has completed thirty commissioned works and has won a variety of awards and prizes, including the 2012 American Prize in Choral Composition for “Amherst Requiem.” He has a keen interest in Christmas music, having completed over seventy carols, a Christmas Opera, two extended sequences of carols for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, and numerous carols for mixed chorus, accompanied and unaccompanied.


Ilentsay IghtnayVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 1:50  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Joseph Mohr  Language: Pig Latin  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Christmas  Descriptive Terms: Carol, Humor, Pig Latin, Sweet  First Performance: Jan 06, 2012: Vivace Youth Chorus, Teen Ensemble, Peggy Spool, First Immanuel Lutheran, San Jose, CA Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 126/1152~2020-Q3)
The Shortest DayVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:52  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Susan Cooper  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Advent, Christmas, Winter Solstice  Descriptive Terms: Solstice  First Performance: December 11, 2011 : Amadeus Choir, Lydia Adams, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Toronto, Canada Text Setting Composer’s Notes Source for Scores (P:E 126/1504~2020-Q4)
RememberVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 3:15  Notation: Standard  Text Source: Susan Cooper  Language: English  Descriptive Terms: Companionship, Nostalgia, Singing  First Performance: Dec 01, 2009: San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco, CA Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 126/128)
Four e e cummings songsVoicing: SATB  Accompaniment: Unaccompanied  Performance Length: 9:00  Notation: Standard  Text Source: E. E. Cummings  Language: English  Seasonal/Liturgical Uses: Halloween, Spring  Descriptive Terms: American, Innocent, Mortality, Playful  First Performance: Mar 14, 2010: San francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, St. Mark’s, San Francisco, CA Text Setting Source for Scores (P:E 126/127)
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