Holland  Hopson

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Department: New College
  • College: Arts & Sciences


Holland Hopson is a composer, improviser, and electronic artist. A multi-instrumentalist, he usually performs on clawhammer banjo and electronics. Holland often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs. Holland has performed in Australia, Europe and North America along with notable experimental and outsider musicians such Macarthur Genius Award winners Anthony Braxton and George Lewis, live electronics pioneer David Behrman, sonic meditator Pauline Oliveros, mutant-trumpeter Ben Neill, network music trailblazer Tim Perkis, free-improv innovators LaDonna Williams and Davey Smith, and others. Holland has held residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; at LEMURPlex, Brooklyn; and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, New York. Holland earned an MFA in Electronic Arts in 1998 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include building interactive systems and intelligent instruments, particularly for improvisation real-time performance.