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King University News :: King Music Professor One of Two Tennesseans Featured in Concert in London

Ann Holler, composer and senior lecturer in music for King College, along with Craig W. Combs, founder and artistic director of the Paramount Chamber Players, were recently featured in a concert in London, England. 

The chamber music group twenty21 performed three of Holler’s compositions in a U.K. premiere, which took place on May 12, 2012.  Bristol native Combs, in addition to his role with the Paramount Chamber Players, is the pianist for the London based ensemble (twenty21) which specializing in music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The program, “American Impressions,” featured musical vignettes inspired by unique moments in the history and development of America: “Wagon Woman Songs” by Alan Louis Smith; “Café Music” by Paul Schoenfeld; and Holler's “Tranquility,” for flute and piano, “Appalachian Airs,” for flute, violin, and piano, and “Appalachian Souvenirs,” a three-movement work for flute, violin, cello, and piano.

The concert took place at St. John's Church on Notting Hill.  Performers included Combs on piano, soprano Judith Sheridan, cellist Kalina Dimitrova, violinist Mark Pedus, and flutist Emma Price.

“Having twenty21 perform my musical compositions was quite an honor,” said Holler.  “I have only been composing music for the past 15 or so years.  “I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to composition.  I’ve composed chamber music as well as music for use in worship, including hymns, anthems, and canticles among other works.”

In 2006 the Paramount Chamber Players issued a call for compositions, asking for new works that would reflect “a connection between the creative urge of the composers and the audience in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.”  Holler, among several other artists, submitted their compositions.  The chamber group has since used several of Holler’s compositions. 

Holler, a native of Wythe County, Va., currently fills several roles.  In addition to instruction of music theory at King, she is a composer, independent piano teacher, and arts volunteer with “A! Magazine for the Arts.” 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from King College in 1968, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Piano Performance) from Virginia Intermont College in 1983.  While at VIC, she studied piano with Kenneth Huber.  Holler also received her Master of Music in Music Theory from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992. 

Several of Holler’s compositions have been published by two publishers, ALRY Publications and GIA Publications. 

On Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m., at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., the Morningstar Flute Ensemble will perform Holler’s flute ensemble arrangement of “Tranquility.”