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Brian Holmes, Horn

Brian Holmes, hornBrian 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 Ph.D. in experimental low temperature physics from Boston University.

Brian joined the Physics Department of San José State University in 1983.  He has often neglected his students to play in the San José Symphony and Opera San José. He is co-principal horn of the Peninsula Symphony, and a member of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra. 

Active as a composer, Brian usually writes for chorus or solo voice, with numerous performances, awards, commissions, broadcasts, and publications to his credit. He is also a nationally recognized expert on the physics of brass musical instruments, giving many invited talks all over the country.

Brian joined the Menlo Brass Quintet in 2006.


Discography and Publications:

Compositions with Horn:
Higgins is Gone (Donald Justice) high voice, violin, horn, and piano Thompson Edition
So We’ll Go No More A Roving (Byron) treble chorus, flute, horn, and piano Roger Dean Music Publishing
Pie Jesu (Emily Dickinson) treble chorus and horn Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Tyrley, Tyrlow
Chorus and brass quintet William Thorpe Music Publishing
Chesterton’s Carol Chorus and brass quintet William Thorpe Music Publishing
Performance and arrangements:
The Christmas Revels
Wassail, Wassail!
Christmas Day in the Morning
Sing We Now of Christmas
Produced by Revels Incorporated
Tales of the Cultural Revolution The Cambridge Symphonic Brass Quintet Crystal Records
Now is the Time
Amherst Requiem
CDs issued by:
The Stanford Chamber Chorale 
Cantilena – A Women’s Chorus
The Peninsula Women’s Chorus
Santa Barbara Music Publishing
Heartland Chorus
St. Louis Children’s Chorus
The Choral Project
San Francisco Girls Chorus


Schmid double horn

Paxman Cor d’Orchestre natural horn


Dan Hallock, trumpets
Mike Pakaluk, trumpets
Brian Holmes, horn
Barbara Sigler, trombone
Jonathan Seiberlich, tuba


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