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Sean Holmes

  • Asst. Professor of Horn
  • School of Music




Dr. Sean Holmes is an educator and performer in the San Antonio Area. Currently serving as Assistant Professor of Horn at Texas Lutheran University, Dr. Holmes maintains a large teaching studio in the San Antonio, Seguin, and New Braunfels area with students ranging from the beginner to collegiate level. Dr. Holmes also currently holds the positions of 3rd Horn with the Symphony of the Hills in Kerrville as well as Co-Principal Horn of the SAHarmonie Chamber Ensemble in San Antonio and performs regularly with the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony, and Opera San Antonio.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University in 2015 studying Horn under Jeffrey Powers. As a member of The Baylor University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Sean played in concert halls throughout the US as featured guests at CBDN, TMEA, and the Mid-West Clinic. Notable performances venues include the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville-TN, The Murray Arts Center in Atlanta-GR, and the Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro-NC.

In 2017 Sean earned a Master of Horn Performance and in 2020 a Doctor of Musical Art from The University of Southern California. At USC Sean received The Vincent DeRosa Award for Outstanding Horn Performance twice in 2017 and 2018. While Dr. Holmes was in Los Angeles, he held the position of 3rd/Associate Principal Horn of the San Louis Obispo Symphony and performed regularly with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, and Downey Symphony Orchestra.

An avid supporter of chamber music Dr. Holmes’ brass and woodwind quintets have presented concerts and masterclasses across the nation and abroad. In 2017 his woodwind quintet, The Kinetic Winds, were recipients of the Eastern Sierra Symphony grant to perform a concert series and teach masterclasses in Mammoth-CA. In 2019, as a member of Two-Button Brass Quintet, Dr. Holmes attended the Stockholm Chamber Brass Academy in Leksand, Sweden, and toured through Sweden and Denmark.

As an educator Dr. Holmes has given masterclasses and privet lessons at USC, Baylor, and Pierce College. Dr. Holmes has also served as the Horn Instructor for the Baylor Summer Band camps, and several High Schools throughout Texas and California. Dr. Holmes students have achieved placement TMEA region, area, and state competitions, as well as going on to complete music degrees at prominent universities throughout the country.