Soprano Jana Holzmeier has been praised by reviewers as a “delightful performer,” possessing “celestial” sound, “impeccable phrasing and a keen sense of character.” The Austin American-Statesman described her as a performer who could “stir up a few goosebumps with her vocal power and expression; just when you thought she had reached her limit, she found something in reserve.”
Dr. Holzmeier is a Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Music Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches Applied Voice, Singer's Diction, Vocal Literature, Musical Theatre, and Vocal Pedagogy. Dr. Holzmeier is an active performer in the community and region. She is certified to teach Levels I & II Somatic Voicework℠/The LoVetri Method.
Dr. Holzmeier has appeared as a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall with New York’s Westside Orchestra and in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. She has also performed with Abendmusik––Lincoln, the Lincoln Symphony, the Voices of Omaha, the Axtell Area Oratorio Society, Lincoln Civic Orchestra, Lincoln Municipal Band, the Victoria Bach Festival, the New Texas Festival, Chamber Music Quad Cities, the Quad City Symphony, and the Quad Cities Mozart Festival. Her orchestral repertoire includes Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Mahler's Des knaben Wunderhorn, Copland’s Old American Songs, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Ms. Holzmeier’s oratorio roles include Handel’s Messiah, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Grand Mass in c minor, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, and Magnificat, and Fauré’s Requiem.
On the operatic stage, Ms. Holzmeier has appeared as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Laurie in The Tender Land, the Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Ciesca and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mary in Randall Thompson’s The Nativity, Nedda in Pagliacci, and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance.
BME, 1985, Truman State University
MM-Vocal Performance, 1988, Indiana University
DMA-Vocal Performance, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin
DMA Treatise: "Selected Songs of Vincent Persichetti"
Musical Theatre II
Contemporary Commercial Music
Certification to teach Levels I and II of Somatic Voicework℠/The LoVetri Method
Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Member, VoiceCare Network