Portrait of EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks

EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks

Part Time Lecturer


violin, violaString Ensemble



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204


2010Doctorate in Violin Performance, SUNY Stony BrookDMA
2008Master of Music in Violin Performance, SUNY Stony BrookMM
2005Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Cleveland Institute of MusicBM


  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Chamber Music




EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks received her doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook, studying violin with Phil Setzer, Soovin Kim and Philippe Graffin. She completed her undergraduate work with honors at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Stephen Rose and Annie Fullard. As a chamber player, she has enjoyed the fine coaching of both the Emerson and Cavani String Quartets.  She is on faculty at the University of Massachussetts, Dartmouth and the Birch Creek Summer Performance Center and she serves as co-director, resident musician and teacher at the Newport String Project in Newport, Rhode Island.

A firm believer that music can move people, quite literally, EmmaLee takes the lead in string bands across New England and in the Midwest where her lively fiddle music drives the spirited old-time dancing. She has played fiddle with the Rusty Pickup String Band since she was ten years old and she has taken many a championship prize at fiddle competitions.

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