Leann Conley Holcom, DMA

Leann Conley-Holcom

DMA, Choral Conducting

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities
Assistant Teaching Professor

Building/Room: Fine Arts 115

Biography

Dr. Leann Conley-Holcom is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seattle University, where she oversees the voice program, conducts choirs, and teaches conducting. Dr. Conley-Holcom is in demand as a choral clinician and music educator nationally and internationally; recent guest conducting highlights include the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses and the Shaoxing Philharmonic Children's Chorus in China.

In addition to teaching and conducting, Dr. Conley-Holcom performs regularly as a singer. Solo appearances include Maryland’s Mountainside Baroque, the Oregon Bach Festival, Symphony Tacoma, Flagstaff Symphony, and her solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York City Chamber Orchestra. A professional ensemble singer, she is a tenured member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and has performed with Pacific MusicWorks, Solaris, Vox Humana, and True Concord Voices and Orchestra, who won a GRAMMY in 2016 for the album Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus. Dr. Conley-Holcom is a Cofounding Director of the professional treble ensemble MUSING. She has performed in international ensembles including the 2008 Festival Ensemble of the International Bach Academy Stuttgart and the 2017 Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling, which presented concerts of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Sindelfingen and Schwabisch-Gmund, Germany. She has sung under Marin Alsop, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Maria Guinand, Jeffrey Kahane, Matthew Halls, Craig Hella Johnson and Lars Ulrich Mortensen, and performed in the world premiere performances of Sven-David Sandstrom's Messiah, James MacMillan's European Requiem and a new reconstruction of the St. Mark Passion by Matthew Halls.

She sits on the Board of Directors of Pacific MusicWorks, a highly respected Seattle-based early music organization. Prior to her appointment at Seattle University, Dr. Conley-Holcom directed the choral and vocal programs at Chabot College and conducted choirs for the GRAMMY-award-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy and the acclaimed Tacoma Youth Chorus. She holds a Bachelors degree in voice from Pacific Lutheran University, a Masters degree in conducting from Northern Arizona University, and a Doctorate in conducting from the University of Washington.