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. Hollinger studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O’Dell former 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. During his freshman year of High School, he began to study the clarinet 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 2nd clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and principal of the Mississippi Wind Symphony.
Mr. Hollinger is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Wind Ensemble. As conductor of
the University Band programs premier ensemble the Wind Ensemble was invited and performed at the
2016 Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Band Directors Consortium in Atlanta, GA
to rave reviews. Additionally, he regularly serves as a guest conductor and clinician. In April of 2012,
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., is a member of New Horizon
Church International, Jackson, Mississippi, and has a beautiful daughter named Kynzie Emeri
Hollinger who is the joy of his life.