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 currently an Associate Professor of Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Music Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches Liberal Arts Seminar, Applied Voice, Singer's Diction, Vocal Literature, Voice Skills for the Actor, and Vocal Pedagogy at NWU. She is also an academic advisor to music majors and minors. Dr. Holzmeier is an active performer in the community and region. She has a community music studio of singers from Lincoln, Hickman, Ceresco, Bellevue, and Nebraska City. She teaches every summer at the NWU High School Solo Singers Workshop. Dr. Holzmeier taught an NWU Study Abroad Summer course, "A Nebraska Wesleyan Camerata: Experiencing Music in Florence, Italy," in May-June 2010.
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, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mary in Randall Thompson’s The Nativity and Nedda in Pagliacci.
BME, 1985, Truman State University
MM-Vocal Performance, 1988, Indiana University
DMA-Vocal Performance, 2003, The University of Texas at Austin
Voice Skills for the Actor
Liberal Arts Seminar