In addition to teaching responsibilities at Lubbock Christian University, Dr. Holmes has served as Interim Chair of Communication & Fine Arts, and President of the Faculty Senate.
Dr. Holmes has edited Eighteenth Century keyboard music published by Oxford University Press, and contributes book reviews to the American Music Teachers Journal. She has served as President of Lubbock Music Teachers Association, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Texas Music Teachers Association, Chair of Collegiate Affairs for TMTA, Member of the Board of Directors of TMTA, and Chair of Musicology and Early Instruments for Music Teachers National Association.
Dr. Holmes performs regularly on both piano and harpsichord for the Lubbock community, and has performed and served as adjudicator for Texas Music Educators Association and Texas and New Mexico Music Teachers Associations, and Music Teachers National Association. She has performed orchestral piano, harpsichord, celeste, trumpet and fluegel horn with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, as harpsichord soloist with the Roswell, NM Symphony Orchestra and Lubbock Coronado High School Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Holmes was named Teacher of the Year in 1979 by Lubbock Music Teachers Association, and received the Lubbock Christian University F. W. Mattox Excellence in Teaching Award in 1985. In 1997, Dr. Holmes received the YWCA Women of Excellence Award for Culture and the Arts.
In 1999, Dr. Holmes was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Lubbock for substantial contribution to educational and humanitarian programs.
In 2007, Dr. Holmes received the Texas Music Teachers Association Outstanding Collegiate Teaching Achievement Award. In 2013, Dr. Holmes was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions International Foundation for dedicated humanitarian services.
Additionally, Dr. Holmes has recorded three CD albums including popular music standards entitled "Introducing Ruth Holmes", "Ruth Holmes: The Christmas Album," and "The Piano Artistry of Ruth Holmes." All are available in local music stores.
Since taking semi-retirement in 2010, Dr. Holmes has been under contract with the Roland Corporation to travel and make presentations on the History of the Harpsichord, culminating 700 years of development with the advent of the Roland's Digital Electronic Harpsichord. She has made presentations at TMTA in Houston, the University of Florida at Tampa, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Historical Keyboard Society, and at dealerships in Indiana, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Austin.
Dr. Holmes' latest research project has been on the Chorales of Johann Sebastian Bach, and she has presented her research for LMTA and will present it for LCU on Nov. 8th at 1:00 p.m. in room 100 of Allison Music Center, and again in Feb., 2014 for TMEA.
Dr. Holmes will present her research paper on The Chorales of Johann Sebastian Bach on Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m. in room 100 of Allison Music Center and at TMEA in San Antonio in February 2014.
MUS 1113, 2113, 3113, 4113, Piano Lessons & Piano Lab