Robert Holst | Voice
Dr. Robert Holst, Assistant Professor of Music, teaches Music History, Music
for the Listener, and Voice, and directs the University Choir and Vocal Jazz
Ensemble. 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, Napeville, 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. Currently, he is Music Director of the Downers Grove Choral Society, Downers Grove, Illinois, and 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. Dr. Holstís musical interests are extremely varied. In addition to his work on the podium, he continues to perform as an accompanist and chamber music player and as a lyric tenor, specializing in Italian Bel Canto repertory. 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.