Skip to navigation

Music Department to Present Kristen Holritz in Recital

Kristen Holritz


On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the music department will present flutist Kristen Holritz in recital, accompanied by pianist Alan Nichols.


Holritz earned her BA in flute performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and went on to receive her MA in flute performance from The Julliard School. She made her solo debut in 2005 with the United States Air Force Band, as the winner of the Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition. More recently, in 2013, Holritz was the winner of the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition and accepted the principal flute position with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Holritz has performed both nationally and internationally, touring Japan with musicians from The Juliard School. In addition to her work with the CSO, Holritz has served as adjunct flute professor at Truett-McConnell College, and currently teaches private flute lessons in her home and in local schools.


Alan Nichols has earned degrees from Tennessee Temple University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of Kentucky, where he was awarded the Anne Robinson Accompanying Scholarship. He currently serves as professor of piano at Chattanooga State Community College.


Audience members will enjoy pieces from Walter Gieseking, Robert Muczynski, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Carl Reinecke.


“I, along with the rest of the Chattanooga Symphony audience, have been captivated by Kristen’s playing since her appointment as principal flute in 2013,” said Dr. Brandon Kreuze, associate professor of music. “Together with her eloquent lyricism and dazzling technique, she possesses a most radiant, rich, and glorious sound that demonstrates the potential expressive capacity of a single, beautifully-played tone. While it’s always a pleasure to hear Ms. Holritz within the orchestra, having opportunity to hear such a lustrous sound isolated in a solo recital will be a very special treat. She has selected an engaging and diverse program that is sure to both challenge and delight our community and guests.”


The recital begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.