Chairperson, Associate Professor
Al Holcomb is associate professor at Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University where he is chair of Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the topics music assessment, music teacher mentoring and professional development, choral music education, adolescent vocal development and aural skill development. His articles, book chapters, and studies have been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, state music educator association journals and books by the National Association for Music Education. As a Scholar in Residence at the Connecticut State Department of Education, Dr. Holcomb was a leader in development of standards and portfolio assessment for beginning music teachers. He served as co-chair of Florida Music Assessment Project and led the development of statewide test for all music students in grades 8 and 12.
Dr. Holcomb is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. He has conducted honor choirs in Connecticut, Florida, Virginia, Nebraska, and New Jersey and has held conducting positions with the Singing Boys of Houston and the Connecticut Children’s Chorus. He was formerly on the faculty of The Hartt School, University of Hartford and the University of Central Florida and regularly teaches on the summer faculty of Central Connecticut State University Dr. Holcomb received degrees from Texas Christian University and the University of Hartford.