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Dr. Robert Holquist

Dr. Robert Holquist

Choirmaster

Adjudication Dates

3/27, 3/28, 4/3, 4/4, 4/6, 4/17, 4/18, 4/24, 4/25, 4/30, 5/1, 5/2, 5/7, 5/8, 5/9, 5/14, 5/15, 5/16, 5/22, 5/29 & 5/30

Dr. Robert Holquist grew up in Rhinelander, WI. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education at Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point.  He served as Choral Director at Merrill (WI) Senior High for three years.  Following the completion of the Master of Science in Teaching Music in 1971 (University of Wisconsin-Madison and Eau Claire), he was appointed Choral and Vocal Director at Dakota Weselyan University in Mitchell, SD.  Holquist  completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Iowa in 1978. In 1979, he was appointed Director of Choral Activities and Chair of the Voice Division at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. He retired from there in 2011, and continues to observe music student teachers for WCU. Church music leadership has been ongoing from 1966 to the present.  He has served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Sylva since 1983. A music educator at heart, Dr. Holquist is in demand as a guest conductor for all-county and regional events. “My greatest joy is to observe former students bring the excitement and pleasure of music to those they lead.”