Primary Discipline(s):

  • Voice

Education - Studies

  • D Mus., Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • M Mus., Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • BA, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Teaching

  • The Musical Offering, Evanston, IL
  • Science & Arts Academy, Des Plaines, IL
  • Loyola University Chicago, IL
  • Northwestern University School of Music, Chicago, IL
  • Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Appleton, WI

Professional Activities

While teaching voice at Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Holland also taught Medieval/Rennaissance music history and held the position of Applied Music coordinator. Since 1995, Dr. Holland has maintained a thriving private voice studio in Evanston, IL, preparing students of all ages and levels for public performances, professional engagements, MDP exams, college and graduate school auditions, as well as avocational singers in highly regarded regional choruses. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Holland joined the music faculty of Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines, IL, to implement and teach a high-level music program to gifted students, based on the curriculum of the Royal Conservatory’s Music Development Program.

Dr. Holland continues to be influenced by her studies of bel canto technique with soprano Delia Surratt (Consevatorio di Roma Santa Cecilia). Doctoral studies at Northwestern University included vocal studies with Karen Brunssen, musicology with Jesse Rosenberg, and music theory with Rick Ashley. Noted language coaches include Alessandra Visconti, Gianna Panofsky, and Gertrude Grisham. At the Britten-Pears School in England, Dr. Holland studied with Phyllis Curtain, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Diane Forlano. Wesley Balk influenced Dr. Holland’s acting and stage presence.

Dr. Holland regularly presents vocal master classes and eagerly collaborates as a guest lecturer, presenting on a range of topics including technology in the classroom, bel canto style and technique, Gregorian chant, and differentiation in general music classrooms.

Dr. Holland adjudicates local and regional vocal competitions for students of all ages and development levels.

Dr. Holland’s soprano operatic credits include the role of the Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at England's Aldeburgh Festival. She recently performed the soprano solos in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Illinois) and guest conductor Donato Cabrera. Previous performances with the Elgin Symphony include a Modern Broadway Pops concert with conductor Stephen Squires and the Brahms Requiem with Elgin Choral Union and conductor Andrew Lewis. Dr. Holland's performance as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem Mass with conductor Tony Lee Garner and members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra was hailed as "rich and sublime" by The Commercial Appeal (Memphis). Her oratorio soloist credits include Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, Janáček's Glagolitic Mass, Mozart's Requiem Mass and Coronation Mass, Penderecki's Seven Gates of Jerusalem, Händel's Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, J.S. Bach's Mass in B-minor and Magnificat, the Fauré Requiem, and Vivaldi's Gloria.

Dr. Holland’s extensive and diverse recital performances have been well received at Chicago's Symphony Center, the Ravinia Festival's Martin Theater (Chicago), and the Music Institute of Chicago; in Italy at Loyola University’s John Felice Rome Center and Il Conservatorio di Parma; and at well-known recital series such as Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, Alliance Française de Chicago, and the Music on Madison series and S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston, IL.

Dr. Holland frequently collaborates with the Chicago-based Ondas Ensemble as a guest vocalist, including annual performances for the Chicago Latin Music Festival and multiple live WFMT radio broadcasts. The ensemble collaborates with and is dedicated to the performance of the music of Latin American composers such as Miguel Kertsman, Elbio Barilari, Gustavo Leone, and Eduardo Gamboa. In 2011, Dr. Holland produced the US premiere of Kertsman’s theatrical chamber music work, O SACI.

Dr. Holland served as board president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and as a board member of the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild and The Musical Offering. She is an active member of the Musicians Club of Women, America’s oldest musical club.

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
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