Holly Ahearn’s voice possesses great clarity and resonance. It easily adapts to the coloratura demands of Handel as well as the angular melodies of modern composers. Her well-spun legato line adds elegance to any music. Without exception, the upper register is soaring and expansive and holds an audience enthralled. The beautiful tone paired with Ahearn’s ability to connect to the listener results in many unforgettable performances. Floating effortlessly above an orchestra, Ahearn’s ethereal, sparkling soprano is captivating.
Holly Ahearn, Soprano, earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. In 1994, Ms. Ahearn was awarded First Place in the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Professional Division.
Ms. Ahearn's soloist credits include: the U.S. premier of Wilhelm Stenhammar's Snofrid; Libby Larson's Missa Gaia; Ganatchian's Oror; Handel's Messiah; Handel's Ode for St. Cecilia's Day; Vivaldi's Gloria; Mozart's Vesperae Solemnes; Mozart's Exultate, jubilate; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Vaughan Williams' Benedicite; and Ceremony of Carols by Britten. She has performed with Nashua Choral Society, Calliope, Concert Choir of Northeastern Connecticut, Arlington Philharmonic, Lincoln Civic Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, and The Paul Madore Chorale.
On the stage Ms. Ahearn has performed as the Mother in Madama Butterfly with Port Opera; the title role of Suor Angelica with the Lowell Opera Company; First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the University of Connecticut, and Emmy in Britten's Albert Herring at the University of Massachusetts. Ms. Ahearn originated the role of Julia in Among the Corn Rows, an opera by noted composer William Penn. In the musical theater genre, she has played Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music; Hunyak in Chicago and Robin in Godspell.
Ms. Ahearn is a music educator and choral conductor in the public schools of Brookline, Massachusetts. She is also the soloist for the Church of Christ Scientist in Beverly, Massachusetts.Resumé