Assistant Band Director, Woodwinds
A native of Miami, Florida, Lowell Hollinger earned two degrees from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi: the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance. He also earned the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently, he is in the final stages of completing his Ph.D. program at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is ABD (all but dissertation). Hollinger studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O’Dell assistant professor of clarinet at Michigan State University; the former principal clarinetist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Jim Moritsugu; Dr. Michael Magruder, Interim Chair, Professor of Music, and Director of Bands at Winston-Salem State University; and Jerry Simas of the New World Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Hollinger began a career as a musician in the sixth grade playing the bassoon. He then moved to the alto saxophone and continued that throughout high school and college. It was not until his freshman year in High School that he began to study the clarinet–which became his first love–to challenge himself musically and has not looked back since. Mr. Hollinger has performed with Orchestras such as the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He has performed solo literature with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Jackson State University Symphony Orchestra, the Delta State University’s Clarinet Symposium, and Winston-Salem State University. Currently, Hollinger is a clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Wind Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphonic Winds.
Mr. Hollinger is an Instructor of Music and Assistant Band Director of the world renowned Jackson State University Marching Band “The Sonic Boom of the South.” He is also the conductor of the premiere performing ensemble of the Jackson State University band program the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Woodwind Ensemble. Additionally, he regularly serves as a guest conductor and clinician. Recently, Mr. Hollinger secured a $500,000 endowment for the Jackson State University band program which was named in honor of Dr. Lewis Liddell, Sr. As former Director of Bands at Jackson State University, Dr. Liddell was a very influential figure in Mr. Hollinger’s life. The endowment will provide additional scholarships for band students and serve as a budgetary supplement.
Mr. Lowell Hollinger is married to Jasmine C. Hollinger, M.D. and is a member of New Horizon Church International, Jackson, Mississippi.