John Hollins is a native of South Carolina and has appeared on national and international concert and opera stages as a conductor, collaborative pianist, organist, and as a professional baritone chorister. Recent productions under his baton include Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach), Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), Orfeo (Gluck), I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini), Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi), Carmen (Bizet), and a world-premiere version of The Last Leaf (Remson). This season he has conducted and staged performances of choral music and opera scenes throughout Eastern Germany, including Thale, Burg Falkenstein, Wust, Vieritz, Jerichow, Quedlinburg, Halberstadt, and Leipzig. He has also appeared with coloratura-soprano Kathy McNeil and tenor Oliver Lucero in Prague, Czech Republic.
Having conducted all six choral ensembles of Texas Tech University, he currently serves as Associate Director of Choral Studies, Assistant Professor of Choral and Opera Studies, and Artistic Director of the Lubbock Chorale. Dr. Hollins is the Music Director and Conductor of the TTU Graduate Opera Project and vocal coach for the TTU Music Theatre program, having helped to artistically shape productions of The Bartered Bride, La Traviata, Die Zauberflöte, Too Many Sopranos, West Side Story, The Ballad of Baby Doe, La Clemenza di Tito, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Hollins is also a conductor and pianist for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Opera Theatre. As Music Director for the Young Artist Program he has conducted productions of The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers. As pianist and coach for main-stage productions he has collaborated on productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Susannah, L'Elisir d'Amore, Aida, and Salome. From 2005-2007 he was a faculty lecturer and pianist/organist for the Summer Choral Institute of St. John's College-Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Texas Tech University. In 2005 he was the Co-Director of Music and pianist/organist for the Triennial Oxbridge Symposium of the C.S. Lewis Institute. These engagements afforded opportunities to perform in Cambridge, Oxford, and Ely.
Dr. Hollins has collaborated with some of the world's finest artists: including singers Allan Glassman, Kathryn Goeldner, Hector Vasquez, and Marilyn Mims—who have enjoyed leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera—and Arianna Zuckerman, Hope Briggs, Malcolm McKenzie, Cynthia Clayton, and Drew Slatton—who have enjoyed national and international opera and concert careers; stage directors Ed Bourgois, Gregory Keller, and Bill Fabris; and conductors/coaches David Hill, Jon Spong, and Daniel Kleinknecht, Other collaborative keyboard credits include numerous professional, collegiate, and festival choruses and orchestras: the City of Oxford Orchestra (United Kingdom), Coro Favoriti, the Choral Arts Society of Louisville, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Chorus, and the Columbia Philharmonic Chorus. He has performed at both divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and served as a Repertoire and Standards Chair for the ACDA Southern Division.
Current research and creative activities include the study of choral repertoire by American composer Dan Locklair, the positive synthesis and the creative intersection of vocal and conducting pedagogy, and the development and direction of a musical and cultural seminar in Germany entitled Choral and Operatic Performance Perspectives of Middle Germany: a Summer Seminar and Performance Practicum in the Vocal Collaborative Arts, providing students the opportunity to study and perform in Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, and Thüringen.
A strong advocate of music education and outreach, Dr. Hollins was the Associate Artistic Director of Voices of Kentuckiana, a community chorus in Louisville, and a music consultant for the Kentucky Opera Association, where he worked closely with the educational program "Music! Words! Opera!"— in which students create, compose, produce, and perform their own operas. An active church musician, he currently serves as Organist and Co-Director of Music at St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church in Lubbock, having formerly served parishes in Kentucky and South Carolina.
Dr. Hollins holds the D.M.A. degree in choral conducting, piano performance, and musicology and the M.C.M. degree in organ
and piano from Southern Seminary. He holds the B.M. degree in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina.