Holly is from Nashville, TN and has been playing piano since the age of 5. She joined Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music’s Pre-College Program at age 11. She attended and participated in several master classes with piano faculty such as Ann Schein. She was a finalist in many competitions such as the Seattle International Piano Festival and Nashville Symphony Curb Concerto Competition.
Holly went on to receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where she completed several years of a piano performance Bachelor’s degree. She studied abroad and moved to Vienna, Austria between 2014 – 2018 where she sang in choirs, played in chamber music groups, and worked as a piano teacher for several years.
She moved back to Boston in 2018 to study music therapy and was awarded a full-tuition scholarship at Berklee College of Music. She became fluent in jazz piano methods in those years and has since completed her BM in music therapy. She is interested in the psychology of music and our emotional connections to music in our lives. Ask her questions ranging from music theory topics to using music intentionally to modulate pain perception.
Birthday: January 25th
Schools Attended: Indiana University, University of Vienna, and Berklee College of Music
Instruments You Teach: Piano, Music Theory, Beginner Guitar
Favorite Music to Perform: Chopin
Favorite Music to Listen to: Rachmaninoff
Something most people don’t know about you: I am fluent in German and I am half Chinese, half Romanian
Other hobbies & interests: I love to run and recently ran a half-marathon race
Where you were born & grew up: Michigan; Tennessee
Heroes: Vladimir Horowitz and Irvin Yalom
Practice Tips: For faster passages, isolate a group of – for example – four notes and prepare your hand for the next group. Rest your fingers on the keys and position your arm as if to play the next set, but do not play it until your body, fingers, and mind are ready!