Brandon Hollihan became our conductor at the start of the 2013-2014 season. He is the choral music director at Whetstone High School, continuing our close connection with Whetstone.
Brandon is pleased to be the music director of the Clintonville Community Choir, a group which he guest conducted in 2011. In addition to leading this choir, he also reaches out to young people in the Clintonville area by teaching vocal music at Whetstone High School. This is his third year in Columbus City Schools, previously having taught instrumental music at Beechcroft High School in the Northland area.
Brandon moved to Columbus in 2006 and has immersed himself in choral music ever since. He earned his Bachelor’s in vocal performance at the University of Notre Dame and then earned dual Master’s degrees in voice and choral conducting at The Ohio State University, where he studied with Robin Rice, Robert Ward and Hilary Apfelstadt. In Columbus, he has taken the stage with Opera Columbus under the direction of Bill Boggs, and also served as the chorus master for Opera Project Columbus’ productions of Suor Angelica and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Brandon is also the choral director and organist at Northwest United Methodist Church in the city’s northwest side, where he led a performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2012.
The thing about music that Brandon enjoys the most is the ability to share it with people from all backgrounds and cultures, whether they be students, community members or church congregants. Music is an escape from the ordinary and a way of expressing ourselves when words do not suffice. He is thrilled to be a part of the Clintonville community and looks forward to the coming days ahead.