|Keith Holliday enjoys balancing his duties as a both a performing violist and music educator. He is a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Lakeside Chautauqua Orchestra, manager/violist of Divertimento String Quartet, active freelance violist and conductor. Additional performing experiences include the symphony orchestras of Youngstown, Canton, Warren Chamber Orchestra and many other orchestras and ensembles. After initial training on the violin with Ma Si-hon, viola teachers have included Harry Zaratzian, Philip Clark, David Shmookler, Lucien Joel and Kay Slocum. Keith is a graduate of Kent State University with an undergraduate degree in Music Education and Masters degree in Viola Performance. He performs on a viola made by Ferruccio Varagnolo in 1914.
Keith is currently conductor of the Preparatory Orchestra at the Cleveland Institute of Music after a carrer as director of orchestras in the Medina City Schools where he was also the music department chair. Under his leadership the Medina City Schools orchestra program attained a distinguished reputation throughout the state of Ohio and beyond. Past performances include SRO performances at the Grand Philharmonic and State Capella Halls in St. Petersburg, Russia, Carnegie Hall and the Riverside Church in New York City, the Rudolfinum in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Canada, State and Regional Professional Conferences and a history of superior ratings at OMEA State Adjudication. Keith was a recipient of the “Excellence In Teaching Award” from the Medina City Schools Foundation and was honored to be selected as “Public School Teacher Of The Year” by The Ohio String Teachers Association in 2009. While currently active in education as a clinician, teacher and adjudicator, other interests include family, traveling, pinball, golf, sports, slot car racing, fantasy football and escaping reality during the month of August to Lakeside, Ohio.