Robert Holst | Voice
Dr. Robert Holst teaches Music for the Listener and Applied Voice. Dr. Holst's academic expertise is in the field of seventeenth century music. In addition, he has extensive experience in conducting choral and instrumental ensembles and in teaching singers of all types and levels. Dr. Holst also appears frequently in the Chicago area as an accompanist.
Dr. Holst has taught on the faculties of Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, and St. Francis University, Joliet, Illinois. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the Grant Park Chorus and Music Director of the Chicago Monteverdi Singers and as Music Director of the Downers Grove Choral Society, Downers Grove, Illinois. He currently is Music Director of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Dr. Holst received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he studied piano with Kenneth Roberts and voice with Ruth Eckberg of Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1967, he was awarded the Hutchinson Prize for musical composition from Williams College. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Musicology from the University of Chicago and studied at the University of Upsalla in Sweden. Among other awards, he has received the Tyng Foundation Scholarship, and a grant from the Swedish Institute. In addition to his work on the podium, he continues to perform as an accompanist and chamber music player. He has studied conducting in Chicago with Thomas Peck and Ralph Shapey. Although he is a specialist in Baroque music, he enjoys performing music of all period and genres.