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Dr. Linda Holzer, UALR, 101D Fine Arts Building, Phone 569-3294

Photo of Dr. HolzerPianist Linda Holzer, professor of music, joined the faculty at UALR in August of 1995. Dr. Holzer is an active soloist and chamber musician who has been heard in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, New York Public Radio Station WNYC-FM, Noon Time Concerts at St. Patrick's Cathedral in San Francisco, and as concerto soloist with several orchestras.

An advocate for contemporary music, she has participated in premieres of pieces by composers such as Gwyneth Walker, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Steinmetz, and Ladislav Kubik.

Linda Holzer has performed in 30 states, as well as abroad in Europe (Bratislava, Vienna), Australia (Melbourne), and Asia (Hong Kong, and Qingdao, China). She is a founding member of Mariposa with violinist Sandra McDonald, assistant concert master of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers have included Leonard Mastrogiacomo (a pupil of Rudolph Ganz), Donald Isaak (a pupil of Carl Friedberg), Barbara Rowan (a pupil of Egon Petri), and Michael Zenge (a pupil of Emil Danenberg). She studied with Nelita True and John Perry as a scholarship student at the Southeastern Music Center. She holds the BMus degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, the MM degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and the DMus degree from Florida State University. She was elected to membership in the honorary music society, Pi Kappa Lambda, as an undergraduate, and is an active member of several professional music organizations, including the College Music Society, and the Music Teachers National Association.

For audio samples from UALR concert recordings, click here.


2015 KLRE-FM radio broadcast special, "A Celebration of American Music" aired in conjunction with Independence Day celebrations. Listen. The program features piano selections by Arkansas native Florence Price, Pulitzer prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and chamber music by New England composer Gwyneth Walker.

2014 Filmed world premiere concert performance of American composer Scott Robbins' 9-movement piano solo, Ritual Meditations, published online in the College Music Society's refereed journal, College Music Symposium, vol. 54

2013 Concert recording of pioneering African-American composer Florence Price's Sonata in E Minor selected for broadcast on Radio Arts Indonesia on the program “Music by Women Composers” hosted by Charles Conrad, and Radio Horizon 93.9 FM in Johannesburg, South Africa hosted by Dimitri Voudouris

2012 Recording on the Col legno label, "Ladislav Kubik:  Chamber Music II" selected for broadcast on radio Klara Continuo (the Netherlands). Featured keyboard soloist on Czech composer Ladislav Kubik's orchestral tone poem, A Faun at Late Afternoon

2011 Metlife Creative Connections Meet the Composer grant for residency project by Los Angeles area composer John Steinmetz

2011 UALR Academy of Teaching & Learning Excellence (ATLE) recipient of Distinguished Teaching Fellow medallion

2007 – 2009, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, named chair of the Committee on the Pedagogy Student and the Young Professional, coordinator of pre-conference seminars on career development, effective teaching, and musical entrepreneurship

2006 Concert recordings Mariposa & Friends: Chamber Music Classics! and Of History and Hope selected for broadcast on NPR affiliate KLRE-FM on "Classical Arkansas" hosted by Deborah Imboden

2005 Recording on the Col legno label, "Ladislav Kubik:  Chamber Music II" selected for broadcast on Sveriges Radio P2 (Sweden). Featured keyboard soloist on Czech composer Ladislav Kubik's orchestral tone poem, A Faun at Late Afternoon

2003 Stella Boyle Smith Foundation grant for concert grand piano restoration project

2003 American Music Teacher magazine, recipient of "Article of the Year" award from the editorial board for article on career guidance for music majors. "Where the Sidewalk Ends"

2002 Concert recording Mariposa & Friends: Modern Flair! selected for broadcast on WORT-FM “Theme & Variations” hosted by Casper Sunn; WOMR-FM “The Latest Score” hosted by Canary  Burton; and 4MBS-FM in Brisbane, Australia

2001 Arkansas State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA), awarded "College Music Teacher of the Year"

2000 AHSS Faculty Scholarship Award for research on Pulitzer prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, which led to the publication of an article on Zwilich's music in Piano & Keyboard magazine, and the performance of new piano solo and chamber music works by Zwilich.

Professional Achievements

Creative Activity/Research:   Piano soloist and chamber musician; injury-preventive piano technique (click here to see the supplemental web site on Healthy Keyboarding); piano music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, esp. American composers and women composers; career guidance for music majors; business and pedagogic practices of piano teachers; concert performance technology

Lecture-recitals, interest papers, workshops, research papers, and panel discussions at numerous conferences such as: College Music Society national and regional conferences, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Network of Music Career Development Officers international conference, the US Distance Learning Association national conference, the UAMS Teaching with Technology Symposium, WIMBA national conference, the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association conference, Arkansas Music Educators Association state conference, Hendrix College Festival of Women Composers

Teaching areas:  piano performance, piano pedagogy & literature; aural skills, music appreciation; music theory; creativity/innovation/entrepreneurship. Web-enhanced, blended, hybrid, and online courses.

2007 – 2013 Team leader for the Teaching with Technology Team of the UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


Holzer, Linda.  “Survey of Piano Teachers in Arkansas 2008; Business & Pedagogic Practices.” Subscription wiki,, July 2009. 

Holzer, Linda.  “The Dollars and Sense of Culture.”  UALR Magazine, Fall/Winter 2007, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 5-8.  Cover article for the magazine.

Holzer, Linda.  “Good Piano Technique:  the Key to Healthy Computer Keyboarding,” Positive Health magazine (United Kingdom) issue 122 - April 2006, pp. 45 - 47.

Holzer, Linda, and Anne Garee.  “Molto Piano; Managing Your Piano Inventory,” in Piano Pedagogy Forum, January 2006, vol. 9 #1.

Holzer, L., “Where the Sidewalk Ends; Career Guidance for Music Majors,” in American Music Teacher, April/May 2003, Volume 52 No. 5.

*Holzer, L., "Jazz, Blues and Gospel in Florence Price’s Sonata in E Minor," in Clavier  November 2001, Volume 40 No. 9.

*Holzer, L., "Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:  from Somber to Samba," in Piano & Keyboard  May/June 2000, No. 204.

*Holzer, L., "William Bolcom; Rags to Riches" in Piano & Keyboard.  No. 184   (January/February 1997).

*Articles cited by Maurice Hinson in Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, 4th ed. Indiana University Press (2013).


Dr. Holzer's students have participated in summer music festivals and competitions such as the Eastern Music Festival, and the MTNA Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. They have gone on to graduate school, and careers as teachers, entrepreneurs, and performers, working in public and private schools and as independent music teachers and church musicians, as well as careers in the fields of law, business, medicine, and information technology.

Prior to her appointment at UALR, Dr. Holzer served as an artist-in-residence for four seasons, performing under the auspices of the North Carolina Visiting Artist Program. She was profiled on "The Piano Education Page" as an Artist/Educator in 1997.

Questions on piano auditions at UALR? Please see the link for prospective students, or contact Dr. Holzer via e-mail at General information about piano study at UALR is available at the Piano area web site.