Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Dr. Holmes' has led more than 300 festival choirs and clinics, including 25 All State choirs, ACDA honor choirs, district festivals, and church music clinics throughout the United States. Internationally, guest-conducting engagements have taken him to England and continental Europe as well as the Far East where he has directed choirs from Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines. His compositions and arrangements are available from First Step Records, Santa Barbara Music Press and directly from the composer.
His best-selling arrangement, "Noel," is a communal song of celebration in the Katuba dialect. Noel has been performed by All-State choirs and festival choruses across the country.
The flagship of the Millikin choral fleet, The University Choir has gained national recognition, due in part to numerous invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In addition to annual two-week tours across the United States, the choir has recently toured to China and Taiwan, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and throughout the United Kingdom. The choir embarks on a 10-day tour of Spain this summer. The choir has recorded seven CDs available on iTunes and at FirstStepRecords.com.
Recorded in the little-known but stunningly beautiful St. Patrick Parish in Pana, IL, How Sweet the Sound features varied repertoire from the 2012 season. The combination of choir and cathedral creates rich sonority that captures a spirited and technically stunning performance by the Millikin University Choir. The CD may be purchased at FirstStepRecords.com or on iTunes.