About The Project Director

John Peter Holly is a conductor, music administrator and educator who has worked with musical organizations throughout New Jersey for the past 35 years. Mr. Holly holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music from The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied tuba and conducting.

As a conductor, he has worked with the Schola Cantorum of Westminster Choir College, the Philadelphia Sinfonia, the American Boychoir, Voices Chorale, the Riverside Symphonia, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the New Jersey Intercollegiate Band. In 1980, he founded the New Jersey Choral Society and served as its music director until 1988. He was executive director and conductor of the Greater Trenton Symphony Association from 1990 until 2010.

As a music administrator, he has worked with The State Theatre in New Brunswick, the Opera Music Theatre Institute in Newark, the Newark Community School of the Arts, the New Jersey Band Association and the Association of New Jersey Orchestras.

As an educator, Mr. Holly has taught courses in arts administration at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. He is currently a faculty member of Rowan University Music Department and Rowan College at Burlington County, where he is a developer and instructor of online music courses.