Hollyn Slykhuis is a trumpet player and music educator forging a career as an advocate for historically underrepresented voices in music and music education. Her work commissioning and premiering new works by women has been featured on I Care if You Listen. She is also the Co-Founder of the Chroma Collective.
A flexible performer of many styles, Hollyn has performed professionally with the Opera Louisiane, Theater Baton Rouge, and the Cool Winter Nights big band, playing with artists such as Ben Folds and Wayne Bergeron. A champion of contemporary work, Ms. Slykhuis has commissioned and premiered several works for solo trumpet, trumpet and electronics, and chamber music featuring trumpet by composers such as Lara Poe, Anne McAninch, and Samara Rice. Hollyn is the Assistant Production Manager for Diversify the Stand, an organization committed to the sustainable inclusion of diverse voices in music.
Passionate about making music education available to all, Ms. Slykhuis has maintained a private trumpet studio for several years, instructed group and private trumpet lessons at multiple El Sistema programs across the nation, worked with the YOLA program run by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, taught music abroad in Chile, and designed and implemented a music curriculum for students with exceptionalities as the Music Director for the LSU Prism Project.
Hollyn graduated summa cum laude with College Honors from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree, and is a certified K-12 music educator. She studied with Brian Shaw and Matthew Vangjel. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Trumpet Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston, MA and studies with Ashley Hall.