Herbert S. Autrey Professor Emeritus of Organ
B. Mus. (1957), M.Mus. (1959) University of Oklahoma
S.M.D. (1974) Union Theological Seminary.
Clyde Holloway, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor Emeritus of Organ at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, died earlier this week in Houston. He was 77 years old.
Holloway served as a faculty member at the Shepherd School from 1977 until his retirement in 2010. In addition to establishing the organ program, he has served as Chairman of the Keyboard Department and Director of Graduate Studies. Holloway also served at Christ Church Cathedral Houston as Cathedral Organist from 1977–1984 and as Organist and Choirmaster from 1984–1993. Clyde was appointed Honorary Lay Canon and Organist-Choirmaster Emeritus by Bishop Benitez.
Holloway earned degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Union Theological Seminary. He came to prominence in 1964 when he won the National Young Artists Competition of the American Guild of Organists in Philadelphia. This achievement inaugurated a distinguished concert career that continues to receive high acclaim throughout the United States where he performs under the auspices of Karen McFarlane Artists. He performed for numerous National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists and appeared in recital in Mexico City, the West Indies and Europe.
Renowned as a gifted educator, Holloway served on the Committee for Professional Education of the American Guild of Organists and addressed two biennial conferences of the National Conference on Organ Pedagogy, founded in 1982. He served as a member of the jury for numerous competitions including the Concours de Europe, the Fort Wayne Competition, The Music Teachers National Association Competition, the National Young Artists Competition of The American Guild of Organists and the Grand Prix de Chartes. In 1994 he was invited to perform for the Bicentennial Festival of the celebrated Clicquot organ in the Cathedral of Poitiers, France, and to serve as a member of the jury for the international competition held at the end of the ten-day festival.