Holmes, Reed

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Born: August 20, 1952

Died: October 26, 1996

Country: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Studies: University of Tennessee (B.M.1974, M.M.1976), University of Texas (Ph.D.1981)

Teachers: Allen Johnson, Kenneth Jacobs, David Van Vactor

Reed Holmes (1952-1996) was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and studied at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His principal teachers there were Allen Johnson, Kenneth Jacobs and David Van Vactor. He received his Ph.D. in Music theory from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied composition with Barton McLean. He was for some time Associate Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was Director of the Electronic Music Studio.

Among his several awards: the Luigi Russolo International Competition in Electroacoustical Music (Italy); Distinguished Award for Research and Creative Professional Activities; the David Van Vactor Prize in Composition; the Percussive Arts Society Award in Composition; Outstanding Teacher of the Year; miscellaneous ASCAP awards; and the highly distinguished Freeman Prize in Composition (Los Angeles); and several ASCAP awards.

His composition grants included three University of Texas Research Grants for Composition, a work for the King William Winds (San Antonio), and an NEA Composers' Fellowship for Composition.

Recordings of his works appear on two Folkways albums, Computer Music from the Outside In and Electronic Music from the Outside In which include his "Moire" and "Nova" respectively; two Opus One albums which feature his Toccata for Piano and Live Delays (#128) and four recent works (#162); and an LP from Advance Recordings (American Society of University Composers) (#6), which contains his "Around the Waves" for quadraphonic tape.

Reed Holmes also toured as a composer/performer of his own works for computer, electric/Midi Guitar and folk instrument. He served as Chairman and Co-Chairman of Region VI of the Society of Composers, Inc. On October 26, 1996, Mr. Holmes died of an inoperable brain tumor after a brief illness.[1]

Works for Percussion

Caged Waltz - Multiple Percussion; Flute
Caught 'Ya Caccia - Vibraphone; Flute
Circle Sonata - Percussion Quintet; with Tape
Dream Quest - Mallets
Shapes for Clarinet and Percussion - Multiple Percussion; Bass Clarinet