Keith Holliday; Violist-Manager

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.


3 thoughts on “Keith Holliday; Violist-Manager”

  1. Hi, Mr. Holliday! I’m sure you remember my “crew” as they passed thru Medina School’s music dept. Jennifer in H.S.(class of ’91), John in Jr. Hi., and Rachel in Ella Canavan. Jen and Rachel still play beautifully on the violin. Your quartet sounds beautiful-perfect as only you would accept. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!
    I’ll send this site to Jen and Rachel. John is going to school in Israel, near Tel Aviv.
    He’s extending his studies in the computer field. (B.S. degree in computer something)
    Good luck to you and your quartet. Don

  2. Keith Holiday and the Divertimento String Q were amazing for our Christmas Concert and live recording (Emmanuel) at Rock of Grace. This group of four talented, excellent, kind musicians will take your next event or recording up a huge notch!

  3. Dear Keith,

    I wanted to let you know how grateful we are that we hired the Divertimento String Quartet for our wedding in May. Not only was your playing incredible (it made our first dance especially memorable) but you and the other members of the quartet were so friendly and courteous-which goes miles with a bride on her wedding day. In fact, our guests are STILL talking about what a great addition the quartet made to an already perfect day!

    I will definitely be recommending Divertimento String Quartet to all of the other brides I know. Whether you are an out-of-town bride (like I was) or if you live in Northeast Ohio, you will be able to relax after you hire this group because they have everything under control.

    I look forward to hiring you for another event in the future!

    Thank you again for everything,
    Bryn Winburn

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