The Faculty of Fine Arts is pleased to have Dr. Holly De Caigny join the music department as an assistant professor and as the director of the Wind Orchestra.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? What brought you to the University of Lethbridge?
I'm originally from Langley, BC, and moved to Calgary to complete my Masters almost 20 years ago. I've lived in Calgary on and off for the last 20 years. I have worked with many ULethbridge music alumni over the last few years and have heard so many great things about the sense of community in the department. When the position of Wind Orchestra Director became available, I knew I wanted to apply!
What will you be teaching at the University of Lethbridge and if applicable what is the focus of your research?
I will be conducting the Wind Orchestra, teaching the beginning wind conducting course, working with the saxophone studio and teaching aural skills. I am a saxophone and wind orchestra conducting specialist.
What or who inspired you to choose a career path in academia?
I've always loved the school environment, especially at the post-secondary level where people can really start to specialize in their interests and passions. I've had many inspiring teachers along the way. My saxophone teacher when I studied in France was the first to really encourage me to get a doctorate and work towards a university position. Before him, I didn't really think that was a possibility for me.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
Going for walks or hikes with my husband and energetic puppy, reading, listening to podcasts and sewing.
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