Joining the Seattle Choral Company as Resident Soprano for our 2012-2013 season is Holly Boaz. Ms. Boaz holds degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a Hilldale Fellowship winner, and from The Hartt School, where she was the recipient of the Berkowitz Opera Scholarship. She currently teaches in the voice department at Pacific Lutheran University.
In recent seasons, Holly Boaz has made solo appearances with the Seattle Symphony, Aldeburgh Festival, Hartford Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Kirkland Choral Society, Music of Remembrance, and the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle. She has performed leading roles with Tacoma Opera, Connecticut Opera, Quad Cities Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Vashon Opera, Center City Opera, and others. She is a former member of Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program, where she performed Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. She completed fellowships at the Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West, studying with Vinson Cole, Carol Vaness, Marilyn Horne, and Warren Jones. Roles range from Mozart’s Konstanze, Susanna, and Despina to Puccini’s Mimi and Musetta; from Rossini’s Contessa di Folleville to Britten’s Governess and Offenbach’s Eurydice.
Ms. Boaz is a dedicated recitalist, having studied and performed at the Britten-Pears Programme in Aldeburgh, England, and at the Art Song Festival at Baldwin-Wallace College (formerly the Cleveland Art Song Festival). She has given recitals for the 60th Aldeburgh Festival, the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Lutheran University, the Saugerties Pro Musica Series in New York, the Midland Symphony Showcase Series, and the Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle.
Numerous organizations have honored her with grants and awards including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Schubert Club, the Richardson Awards, the Sun Valley Opera Competition, and the Washington State Arts Council. She was the 2010 winner of the Western Washington District and Northwest Regional NATSAA competition, going on to win the Lee Cass Award at the national competition in Salt Lake City.
Resident Tenor I
Tenor Jon Lackey garners international acclaim for his appearances both on the solo recital stage and as a concert soloist with symphony orchestras. His distinctive voice is a unique blend of both Heldentenor and lyric tenor—a combination that has lead international critics to refer to Mr. Lackey’s voice as having both “penetrating power” and “focused lyricism”. Mr. Lackeys’ vocal prowess is due in great part to his study of the bel canto singing technique with his master teacher, Ilse Metternich, in Munich, Germany.
Mr. Lackey currently serves as the Minister of Music (organist and choir master), at Peace Lutheran in Seattle, Washington, and joins the Seattle Choral Company for the first time this season as their Resident Tenor I.
Mr. Lackey has sung countless performances internationally, many of which have been broadcast live to millions around the world by the BBC, Radio France, WGMS Radio in Washington, D.C., and PBS Television. He has sung for U.S. Presidents, foreign heads of state, ambassadors, and royalty. Mr. Lackey was named the Top National Finalist in the prestigious National Federation of Music Clubs Voice Competition, scoring above all of the nearly 300 classically trained singers from throughout the United States. His career has included solo performances at the National Gallery of Art and Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and major concert halls in Great Britain, France, and Germany. He also performs extensively as a guest artist with symphony orchestras including L’Orchestre de Bordeaux, the Seattle Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, the Williamsburg Symphonia, and The Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Lackey is a sought-after teacher and guest lecturer. He has taught on the faculties of Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and taught music courses as a guest lecturer at the American College in Paris.
David Wagner, Ed.D.
The Seattle Choral Company is proud to welcome David Wagner as Executive Director beginning in the 2012/2013 season. Dr. Wagner brings over 25 years of executive administrative experience working with nonprofit organizations. Most recently, he directed Very Special Arts/Alaska, which provides opportunities in the creative arts to individuals with developmental disabilities. During his tenure there, he grew the organization’s operating budget tenfold from its initial start-up grant. Earlier, he served as CEO of Central Peninsula Counseling Services in Kenai, Alaska.
Dr. Wagner holds a Doctorate in Education from Penn State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in theology from Philadelphia College of Bible. Before his career as an administrator, he worked as a counseling psychologist in Alaska, and has taught psychology as an adjunct instructor at the University of Washington and at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He also holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and is an accomplished ceramic artist.
He is looking forward to working with the SCC board and membership to increase the number of patrons, to ensure the stability of the organization’s finances, and to make sure the Company is a thriving, integral part of the Northwest arts scene for many years to come.