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New Songs for the Holidays by Kathleen Holyoak
Meet Kathleen Holyoak
Kathleen Holyoak is one of my best friends and is one of the top five best musician/composers I know. And if that's not enough, we discovered that we are related to each other! I love Kathleen's music enough that I want introduce it to everyone. So let me introduce you to her and her music.
Kathleen is an award winning composer/arranger, organist and pianist who resides in Arizona with her husband, Garth W. Holyoak. They have four daughters and nine grandchildren. Kathleen's daughters are all powerhouses of talent and capability themselves.
She began performing at age five, and at the age of nine was appointed organist at her church, a position she held for nine years. She has taught professionally for more than 35 years. In 1987, the Holyoak family was awarded "America's Musical Family of the Year" by the American Music Conference.
Kathleen has published numerous songbooks and CDs for children and adults. Her music has been performed around the globe, including Christmas music at the White House for former President and Mrs. Bush as well as the private residence of former Vice President and Mrs. Cheney.
She has traveled abroad to perform and speak as an instructor, inspirational speaker and performer for seminars, conferences and church functions. In 2009 she was invited to arrange and orchestrate several pieces of music for choir and orchestra for the dedication of a new church building in Kiev, Ukraine. As a result of this invitation she also decided to learn how to play the Bandura, a type of Ukrainian harp, so that she could play in the orchestra! And here is the photo to prove it!
Kathleen is unstoppable, regardless of any set back or obstacle she may encounter. Two years ago she had an untimely accident in which she fractured her arm in several pieces, and while she's had to allow time for healing, she continues to perform and compose. And she does so with joy and enthusiasm, despite some uncertainty of the bone completely healing and some discomfort. It's as if she shouts out at her set backs and obstacles, "I DARE you!!"
Here Is a Complete List of Kathleen's Published Music
More Music Books and CDs
Additionally, Kathleen has several more music books and CDs available through heartrisemusic.com.
A Children's Book "Flowers in Heaven"
Kathleen and friend, Sherry Summers collaborated on a children's book as well. Here is part of the description:
Flowers in Heaven is an adventure that takes two sisters and their pet tortoise to faraway places in an exciting dream. They magically find themselves in heaven with their late and dearly missed Grandma Clea. Grandma teaches that when people pass away they're still close by as their lives are forever interwoven through the bonds of love. The little girls also learn the valuable lesson that doing good deeds on earth is like planting flowers in heaven.
Grandma Clea's motto through life was, "plant more flowers."
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This Is the Picture Kathleen Sent for Me to Use. . .
I have several other pictures of her which she has "doctored" as well. And as you can tell, she has quite a sense of humor! I think that's a great tribute to how she looks at life, continues to enjoy being a wife, mother, grandmother, musician/composer, and so much more. She carries with her an ease, grace, elegance and charm. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know my friend and cousin and her music as much as I cherish having her in my life.