Mr. Don Holdren to teach music, lead vocal ensembles

Mr. Don Holdren – Adiyan Nayak ’24

After a four-year hiatus, Mr. Don Holdren makes a return to the classroom. With a remarkable seventeen-year tenure at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, Mr. Holdrenembarks on a new journey as he joins the performing arts department. In his new role, he will instruct music as well as direct the Notables and Glee Club. During his time at Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, he served as a music teacher, the Chair of the Fine Arts Department, and the Dean of Studies.

“I am really excited. It’s been four years since I have been in the classroom and with students,” Mr. Holdren stated. “I was in an administrative position prior to this one, and it’s been a while since I have had that connection in the classroom.”

Because of this gap, Mr. Holdren was sure to prepare to reenter the classroom and be in front of students again. 

“I did a lot of reading, and I did a lot of reflection on what was important to me as an educator and what I love about music,” Mr. Holdren stated. “It is important to me that my students learn a lot but also that they really become comfortable with expressing themselves and that they walk away with a real love of music.”

Mr. Holdren brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He holds a B.A. in Music from Washington College and a M.A. in Vocal Performance from Washington University, as well as a M.A. in Education from St. Joseph’s University. He also conducts local choirs and runs a private voice studio. 

Mr. Holdren focuses on a student-oriented and collaborative approach to his teaching.

“Students can expect that I will show up for them, I will be authentic, and that we will work collaboratively to accomplish a goal, whether that be a concert or a project,” Mr. Holdren said. 

“I am looking forward to making some really great music.”

Mr. Don Holdren

Part of what drew Mr. Holdren to Haverford is its strong focus on the student experience. 

“[Haverford] is a place that is truly focused on what makes the student experience work,”
Mr. Holdren said. “What works in terms of teaching, what works in getting students to grow and become the best versions of themselves. Haverford is a very student-oriented school, and I am very excited to be a part of that.” 

Mr. Holdren is looking forward to working with students. 

“It is an honor to be a part of this community,” Mr. Holdren said, “and I am looking forward to making some really great music.”

Author: Ethan Lee '24

Ethan Lee is a Editor-in-Chief for The Index, a position he took in May 2023. He has previously held the position of Managing Editor and edited the News section of The Index. When not writing, Ethan can be found on the squash court or in a crew boat, or working on an art project.