School of Music

M.M. (Conducting) – University Of New Mexico

D.M.A (Choral Music) – Arizona State University

Dr. Brad Holmes is the Director of Choir Programs at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.  Prior his appointment at Millikin, Dr. Holmes was Associate Director of Choirs at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Choirs under his direction have sung in every state but Alaska and in thirty-five countries.  He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University for two academic terms, working primarily with the Choir of Clare College.  He returns to England frequently for conducting engagements and choral workshops.  Other international guest-conducting opportunities have taken him to Continental Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.  Domestically, Dr. Holmes has conducted over two-hundred-fifty choir festivals including twenty-four All-State choirs, regional ACDA honor choirs, district festivals and church music clinics throughout the United States.  Dr. Holmes’ compositions are published by First Step Publishing, Santa Barbara Music Press and Morning Star Publishers.  Additional arrangements may be found at


Under Dr. Holmes’ direction, the Millikin University Choir has gained national recognition due in part to six invitations to perform at national and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).  The choir’s annual US tours have been punctuated by international tours to China and Taiwan, Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia, Norway, Haiti, The Dominican Republic and most recently to the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.