Brian Holmes is both a violinist and a music educator. He graduated from William Jewell College with degrees in Violin Performance and Music Education. He has spent the past three years as Orchestra Director at Truman High School. Through the years, Brian has taught private lessons in violin and viola at home, Meyer Music, the Lydia Lovan School of Music, Northland Cathedral School of Music and most recently, the Music Arts Institute. He has been a member of the MAI String Quartet and currently plays in the Mt. Zion Chamber Ensemble as well as other chamber groups around the Kansas City area. Brian is also a violin maker in his spare time.Composing music is another activity in which Brian is frequently involved. He specializes in writing for String Orchestra and Small String Ensembles. Brian has written several musical works which have been performed for various events or occasions. His works have been performed by Collegiate and High School Orchestras. Brian has had many opportunities to perform. He has won several concerto competitions and has soloed with many orchestras. Brian won the Independence Symphony's Young Artist competition in 1999 and soloed with the Independence Symphony. He also won the Liberty Symphony's Young Artist competition in 2001 and 2003 and soloed with the symphony on both occasions. In 2004, Brian soloed multiple times with the William Jewell Chamber Orchestra. Brian also had the opportunity to perform in the National Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.