Currently Teaching: Music Academy
Conner Hollingsworth earned his Bachelor of Music degree in double bass performance from Northeastern Illinois University in 2012 studying with Greg Sarchet of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. While living in Chicago Conner served as principal bass for the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Classical Symphony Orchestra, and Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra. Some of Conner’s performance highlights include an American premiere of the Filipino composer Felipe de Leon’s opera Noli Me Tangere with da Corneto Opera and a performance of the Weber Clarinet Concertino with soloist Anthony McGill of the Metropolitan Opera. As a jazz bassist, Conner has enjoyed sharing the stage with acclaimed artists such as Orbert Davis, Mark Levine, Don Rader, Bill Reichenbach, and Tia Fuller. Conner established his presence in the Chicago music scene as both an electric and upright bassist for a number of local bands and creative projects.
Beyond his active performance schedule, Conner taught private piano lessons for several years at a Chicago public school and also worked in the music library for the Grant Park Music Festival. Conner currently serves as a mentor for the Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts and is pursuing his Master of Music degree as a student of Paul Erhard at the University of Colorado.