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Billy Holtz is a musician based in the Washington, DC Metro Area. A valedictorian graduate of the Yorktown High School Class of 2020, he served as President of the school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. At Yorktown, he was Principal Violist, Associate Conductor, and President of the award-winning Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Thomas Hartman

Holtz has participated in numerous festivals and summer programs, including Interlochen Arts Camp, Eastman Summer Music Horizons, Manhattan School of Music Summer, and was selected for four Virginia All State and Regional Orchestras. 

Additionally, Billy plays mandola and bass guitar in The Mandoleers, a mandolin and guitar orchestra, and was a founding member and bandleader of a rock band for three years. He participated in pit orchestras for musicals Pippin (viola), and Mamma Mia (bass guitar). 

Holtz was an original member of Crescendo, now the 9th Street Chamber Music program, directed by his high school viola teacher Elizabeth O'Hara Stahr, and operates a small private teaching studio in Arlington, VA. 

When not practicing, he enjoys watching reruns of The Office, playing ping pong and card games, and blasting an eclectic mix of 70’s disco, symphonic classics, and 90’s alt rock to the dismay of his loving family. 

Billy will attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall as a Viola Performance Major in the studio of David Harding.  

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