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Holly McCarren, alto, is a native of Atlanta. She enjoyed her studies of early music while at Clayton College & State University where she completed her Bachelors Degree of Vocal Performance in 1997. Under the tutelage of Early Music Specialist Lyle Nordstrom, she participated in Master Classes with Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley, Paul Hilliard and the Theatre of Voices, and Elizabeth Mannion. She went on to pursue graduate studies with a graduate teaching fellowship at The University of Oregon where she studied Early Music performance practices with Baroque Cellist Marc Vanscheeuwijck. Ms. McCarren was a participant in a master class with the well-known early music group Tapestry. While in Oregon, she was a soloist at Central Lutheran Church with organist Andrew ElRay Stewart-Cook. Her love for music encompasses not only early music, but also musical theatre and opera. She played Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance and Buttercup in HMS Pinafore with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre under the direction of J. Lynn Thompson. She has worked with Cartersville Opera, The Oregon Lyric Opera, and The Oregon Opera Ensemble. Ms. McCarren can be found on a soon-to-be-released CD of Gace Brule music with The Goliard Ensemble under the direction of John Hillenbrand. Her solo concert engagements include singing with the Carroll Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, The Etowah Chamber Orchestra, and New Trinity Baroque. Ms. McCarren is currently an adjunct teacher of voice at Clayton College & State University and a soloist at All Saints' Church under the direction of well-known organists Raymond & Elizabeth Chenault. She can be found on the Towerhill recordings of Promised Land and A Christmas Alleluia by the Choirs of All Saints'.


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