Ella Ann Holding is a native of Smithfield, NC. She earned a Bachelor of Music, Cum Laude, from Salem College, where she received the 1996 Distinguished Alumni Award. As a student of Bruce Simons, she acquired a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Yale University School of Music, twice winning the Concerto Composition. With additional study at Julliard School of Music on a scholarship, she studied with Katherine Bacon. Mrs. Holding was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Ms. Holding performed thanks to the efforts of Fred Geiersbach, Director of Instrumental Music, who works tirelessly each year to bring world-class musicians to campus as part of our annual Visiting Concert Series.