Steven Holochwost

(b. 1978, New Brunswick, New Jersey).

American composer of mostly chamber, vocal and piano works that have been performed in North America; he is also active as a scholar.

Mr. Holochwost studied composition with Kathryn Alexander, John Halle and Matthew Suttor, music history with Robert Holzer and Ellen Rosand and music theory with Patrick McCreless at Yale University from 1997–2001, where he earned his BA in music and psychology. He then studied composition with Charles Wuorinen at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he earned his MA and PhD, on a fellowship.

As a scholar, his work has policy and psychology in relation to music education as its foci. He worked as a researcher at the Yale Child Study Center from 1999–2001, a fellow at the Bush Center for Child Development at Yale University in 2000–01 and executive director of the New Jersey Voices for Children in 2001–02.

He is also active in other positions. He served as a conducting assistant to the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York, New York in 1997, as music director of the Yale University Dramatic Association from 1998–2000 and as executive director of the Yale College Opera Company from 1998–2000. He then served as composer-in-residence to the Cheshire Harmonia in Connecticut in 2000–01 and worked with both the Bickford Theatre in New Jersey and Shadowpuppets Entertainment in Maine in 2001–02.


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The Rose Tattoo (incidental music, play by Tennessee Williams), flute, guitar, violin, piano, 1999

Poe (opera in 3 acts, libretto by the composer, after Edgar Allan Poe), 1999 (incomplete)

Macbeth (incidental music, play by William Shakespeare), mixed chorus, string orchestra, 2000


Three Fast Dances, string orchestra, 2000


Sonata, violin, piano, 2000

Meditations, cello, organ, 2002

Duet No. 2, violin, cello, 2002

Dialogues, 2 ensembles (2 trumpets, 2 trombones; French horn, 2 flügelhorns, trombone, bass trombone, tuba), 2002

Five Movements, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2002


Psalm 13, mixed chorus, 2000


Nachtlied (text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe), high voice, piano, 1999

Voyages (text by Hart Crane), high voice, piano, 1999

Crimson Petal (text by Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater), high voice, piano, 2000

Beyond Tears (song-cycle, text by Langston Hughes), voice, piano, 2001


Ricercare, 2000

Prelude No. 3, 2001

Two Waltzes, 2002

Prelude No. 4, 2002

Prelude No. 5, 2003

Prelude No. 6, 2003

Suite, 2003