Christopher Holman is an American organist who specializes in music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Since winning first prizes at the Albert Schweitzer and Young Baroque Artists Competitions, he has performed as a soloist throughout North America and Europe, including major international festivals such as the BachFest Leipzig, National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and International Organ and Early Music Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has also appeared with leading North American historical instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Ars Lyrica Houston, and Boulder Bach Festival. Thanks to a grant from the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund, he is spending the 2017–18 academic year researching and performing on historic organs throughout Europe while based at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland.
A newcomer to the field of historical musicology, he primarily studies the role of organ music in European liturgy, Swiss renaissance keyboard music, and continuo performance in the works of J.S. Bach. He is the new Director of Musicology for Bach Society Houston, and his paper "Rhythm and Meter in French Classical Plainchant" will be published by Oxford University’s journal Early Music. Additionally, he has also presented at the Eastman-Rochester Organ Initiative and National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, and writes program notes for the Boulder Bach Festival.
He received Bachelor of Music Degrees in Organ and Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Houston. He studied organ with Robert Bates and Dana Robinson, and harpsichord with Charlotte Mattax and Matthew Dirst.