Postcard (1986) for orchestra was written while Hollis was on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange to Scotland, 1986-1987. His family accompanied him on his fellowship year. The work was written as a companion piece to Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. The work was premiered in 1997 by The Northwest Symphony under the direction of Dr. Paul Vermell.
The work seeks to depict the sparse Scottish landscapes and lochs, such as is pictured to the right at Loch Ness.
The Fulbright experience was extraordinary for everyone in the family. Pictured to the right is Jason Thoms, now Professor of Choral Music at Concordia College-New York, Sonja Thoms, now free-lance oboist and Senior Director of Operations for the Nashville Symphony, Hollis Thoms, Jacqueline Thoms, and Jonas Thoms, now assistant professor of horn and West Virginia University.
Hollis just completed 8 1/2 years on the board of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Organization planning activities and events for the Fulbright Alumni in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area.