PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDClassical soprano Andrea Holliday earned a music degree at the University of Chicago and also undertook extensive private training in music, vocal technique, drama, poetry and foreign languages. She has been a concert soloist with many orchestras and choral groups (see Performer's Bio below), and a regular member of such professional ensembles as Chicago Opera Theatre and Music of the Baroque. Ms. Holliday's own voice teachers have included Karen Brunssen, Thomas Wikman, Jeffrey Horvath and Diane Forlano.
VOICE STUDIOMs. Holliday's studio includes young professional singers and complete beginners. "I am pleased to work with anyone who is earnest about improving his or her singing voice" she says, "in whatever style of music you like to sing." Her students perform regularly on and off the University of Chicago campus, and a number have participated in the annual Chicago NATS Auditions (National Association of Teachers of Singing).
PERFORMER'S BIOOften heard in the larger concert works of Mozart, Haydn, Handel and Vivaldi, Ms. Holliday also has a broad Romantic streak. And though her repertoire spans Broadway, jazz and new music, she has a particular devotion to the music of Bach.
On Sunday, October 26, 2008, “Bach Cantatas for Garden and Church” will include her as guest soprano soloist with orchestra. The free concert begins at 4:00 at the Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th St.
With the Michigan Bach Collegium Ms. Holliday has been guest artist in several Bach cantatas, most recently the Wedding Cantata #202. She has been a frequent soloist on the Bach Cantata Series at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, where in April 2007 she sang the lovely soprano aria in the Easter Cantata #31. Next March she will be featured on the series at St. Luke's Evangelical Church, Chicago, in Cantata 177, "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ."
In Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, she sang Mendelssohn as soprano soloist in a Ground Zero benefit organized by the Joffrey Ballet. Handel Week featured her in an Oak Park chamber program of four Handel cantatas, partnering mezzo Julia Bentley. She has been principal soprano soloist with the Rockford Bach Chamber Choir in a number of concerts, including Mozart’s Great C minor Mass (Kyrie, Laudamus).
A busy recitalist, Ms. Holliday has presented dozens of art-song programs at diverse venues. She is accompanied at the piano by her husband, conductor and keyboardist Thomas Wikman.
Soprano and Voice Teacher
5458 S. Everett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615-5962