John Holt, B.M ’81, M.M. ’85

John Holt, B.M ’81, M.M. ’85, John Holt is associate professor of trumpet and chair of the Division of Instrumental Studies at the University of North Texas. Holt is also principal trumpet with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989.

Holt has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works since 2003. Trumpet Panoply, released in April 2011, is Holt’s seventh solo album recording with Crystal Records. His six previous solo recordings have received unanimous critical acclaim by industry publications Fanfare, American Record Guide, The Instrumentalist, Gramophone and the International Trumpet Guild.

At age 24, Holt became principal trumpet of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. While in Italy, Holt had the great privilege of playing under some of the worlds most renowned conductors including, Luciano Berio, Georges Prétre, James Conlon, Gerd Albrecht, Carlos Kleiber, Krzysztof Penderecki, Riccordo Chailly and Carlo Maria Giulini.


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