Full Professor/Graduate Advisor/Jazz Arranging & Composition
Pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Holober is Artistic Director/Conductor of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (WJO) and Associate Guest Conductor of the HR Big Band (Hessischer Rundfunk – Frankfurt, Germany). With WJO he has written and conducted for Joe Lovano, Kate McGarry, John Scofield, Randy Brecker and Paquito D’Rivera. Recent and upcoming projects with the HR Big Band include writing and conducting for Kurt Rosenwinkel, Billy Cobham, Jane Monheit, Terje Rypdal, and Miguel Zenon. Additionally he has performed with/had his works performed and recorded by The WDR Big Band in Cologne, The Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, HGM Jazzorchestra (Zagreb, Croatia), The Gotham Wind Symphony (where he is Composer-In-Residence), The Airmen of Note, The Army Blues, his own big band The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, The Tim Ries Rolling Stones Project, John Patitucci, Jason Rigby, Marvin Stamm, The Prism, American, and NY Saxophone Quartets, and many others. As a sideman he has performed on over fifty recordings, and he has released four acclaimed recordings as leader. New projects include Balancing Act for 7 players with voice, and In The Wind for piano trio with 7 winds, guitar, harmonica, and voice. Professor Holober is a MacDowell Fellow, Ucross Foundation Fellow and Yaddo Guest. Since 2007 he has been associate director of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop, (founded by the legendary jazz composers Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Albam), where he co-teaches with Musical Director Jim McNeely.
B.A., SUNY Oneonta; M.M., SUNY Binghamton