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 expertly sung...   - Seattle Times
       ...excellent acting and singing - City Arts Online
 lovely soprano...Quad City Times
                         ...crowd-pleasingMidland Daily News




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Soprano Holly Boaz is praised by critics for her “lovely soprano” (Quad City Times), “well-defined” characterizations (Saginaw News), and “crowd-pleasing” performances (Midland Daily News).  Seattle Gay News had this to say about her performance in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Pacific MusicWorks and GRAMMY award winning conductor, Stephen Stubbs:"Soprano Holly Boaz sang the pivotal role of Belinda, Dido's lady in waiting, with a lilting soprano and a vivid stage presence that urged the shy prince to 'pursue thy conquest love.' When it came time to switch sides in the second scene and become a witch, Boaz cackled gleefully over Dido's fate with equal commitment and effectiveness. "  She was lauded by CityArts Online for “excellent acting and singing” and by the Seattle Times for her “expertly sung” performance as First Lady (Erste Dame) in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.


Ms. Boaz enjoys a varied career in opera, oratorio, chamber and choral music.  Recent performances include a return to Seattle Opera for the Baroque trilogy The Combat, Lieder with the Vashon Chamber Music Concert Series, Handel’s Messiah with the Vashon Island Chorale, engagements with the Emerald Ensemble, Canonici, Les Chanterelles, and Regency Voices, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Maestro Stephen Stubbs and Pacific Musicworks, and Erste Dame (First Lady) in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Musicworks and Vashon Opera.

Career highlights include solo debuts with the Seattle Symphony in Mozart’s Requiem and with Tacoma Opera as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, a solo recital for the 60th Aldeburgh Festival in England, her Canadian debut with the Vancouver Early Music Festival in Handel's Israel and Egypt in 2013, and a tour of Cambridgeshire and Canterbury with Caritas Chamber Choir in the UK.

Operatic roles include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Despina (Così fan tutte), Donnas Anna and Elvira (Don Giovanni), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Susanna and the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), La Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Rheims), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), The Governess (Turn of the Screw), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), and both Aninku and The Sparrow in Krasá’s Brundibár (she can be heard as The Sparrow on the Naxos label). She has also appeared on the stages of Connecticut Opera, Tacoma Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, Quad Cities Opera, Music Academy of the West, and Vashon Opera, to name a few.

She is the 2010 Winner of both the Western Washington District and the Northwest Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award Competition. Ms. Boaz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Music, where she was the recipient of a Hilldale Undergraduate Fellowship.  She holds an M.M. from The Hartt School, where she was the recipient of the Berkowitz Opera Scholarship and worked as a Teaching Assistant in the voice department.  She won fellowships to study and perform at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Music Academy of the West, and is a graduate of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program.  She pursued further specialized studies in Russian song at the Britten-Pears Programme in England, and in the music of the early baroque with Stephen Stubbs and Nancy Zylstra at the Accademia d’amore in Seattle, and on full scholarship at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College.  She counts among her mentors and teachers such illustrious performers and pedagogues as Jane Eaglen, Vinson Cole, Carol Vaness, Marilyn Horne, Mark Oswald, and Peter Kazaras.  She currently serves as adjunct faculty in the music departments of Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Washington, and maintains a private studio in Tacoma and Vashon Island. She is the District Governor of Western Washingon for NATS (The National Association of Teachers of Singing), and she is also a yoga teacher, leading workshops for singers at universities and training programs.

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March 22, 2020

Shostakovich Op.127

Seven Romances on Poems of Alexander Blok

Vashon Chamber Music

December 20, 2019

Handel's Messiah

Symphony Tacoma

April 22, 2019

8 Hungarian Folk Songs

Vashon Chamber Music

November 15, 2018

Ancient Tapestries

Tacoma Early Music Ensemble

Tacoma Community College

October 13, 2018

Hard Times Come Again No More:

Social Justice Through Song

College Music Society National Conference

Vancouver, B.C.

September 29, 2018

Sing it Trippingly

Les Chanterelles

Presented by Tacoma Early Music

St. Luke's Memorial Episcopal Church

July 1-15, 2018

Class: Yoga for Singers

Pacific Lutheran University Summer Opera Workshop

June 9, 2018

Sing it Trippingly

Les Chanterelles

May 18 & 20, 2018

Mozart's The Magic Flute (First Lady)

Vashon Opera

April 7, 2018

Purcell's The Fairy Queen

Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra

March 4, 2018

J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass

Seattle Bach Choir

October 14, 2017

Donald Skirvin's Curve of Gold 

Kirkland Choral Society

Seattle Choral Consortium Festival

October 7, 2017

Talk: Om Your Way to Vagal Tone:

Yoga Practices to Ease Performance Anxiety

Mary Baker Russel Music Center

Pacific Lutheran University

NATS Tahoma Chapter

September 9, 2017

The Two Elizabeths

Trinity Parish, Seattle

The Emerald Ensemble

September 1, 2017

Live Radio Performance on NW Focus Live

KING FM, Seattle

The Emerald Ensemble

August 26, 2017

Merthe and Melodye

Medieval a cappella music for 3 voices with Les Chanterelles

Tacoma Early Music Workshop

June 11, 2017

Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen

Vashon United Methodist Church

Vashon Chamber Music

May 20, 2017

Donald Skirvin's Curve of Gold 

Bastyr Chapel, Kenmore, WA

Kirkland Choral Society


May 18, 2017

Workshop:  Yoga for Singers

Central Washington University

Sponsored by CWU Student NATS

April 30, 2017

Dido and Aeneas (Belinda/Second Witch)

Meany Hall at the University of Washington

Pacific MusicWorks

April 29, 2017

Dido and Aeneas (Belinda/Second Witch)

Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Pacific MusicWorks


April 9, 2017

The Combat (Soprano 2)

Seattle Opera

March 11, 2017

Early Songs Lovely, Lusty and Lewd

Regency Voices 

Lagerquist Concert Hall at Pacific Lutheran University

February 25, 2017

Serenade to Music: English Choral Masterworks

Trinity Parish Church, Seattle, WA

Emerald Ensemble

February 10, 2017

Serenade to Music: English Choral Masterworks

Katherine L. White Hall at Vashon Center for the Arts

Emerald Ensemble


December 1, 3, 4, 2016

Handel's Messiah

Vashon Island Chorale


October 2, 2016

Lieder of Schubert & Schumann

Katherine L. White Hall at Vashon Center for the Arts

Vashon Chamber Music


February 27, 28, 2016

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Numerica Performing Arts Center, Wenatchee, WA

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra


May 8, 9, 10, 2015

Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Erste Dame)

Meany Hall at the University of Washington

Pacific MusicWorks

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