Kerry Holahan, soprano, has been praised for her agile coloratura and warm, defined sound, versatile for both Early Music as well as more modern and contemporary opera, oratorio and art song. She maintains an active performing career in the greater Washington, D.C. area as a soloist and choral singer and has merged her training in Western Classical music with a passion for Chinese culture and folk traditions to bring a versatile and eclectic approach to her singing. After earning a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University, she lived in China for nine years, performing extensively as soprano soloist,, notably with the China Central Opera House as well as the International Festival Chorus for its China premier of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with internationally acclaimed Early Music soprano Dame Emma Kirkby. Kerry also received extensive training in Chinese folksong techniques, for which she won top prizes in numerous competitions and is among the few non-Chinese singers to have sung folksongs in nationally-televised performances in China.
Returning to the US to pursue a Masters of Music in Early Music at the Peabody Conservatory (awarded 2014), Kerry recently helped found The Bridge Ensemble, a professional 16-voice chamber choir that explores the connection between pre-17th, late 20th and 21st century choral repertoire.
In March 2015, Kerry was invited by renowned bass-baritone Shenyang to perform with him in a concert of art songs by early 20th-century Chinese composer Huang Zi at the Shanghai Grand Theater. She then embarked on a five-week tour sponsored by the US State Department performing a Cole Porter Song Review with pianist Kemin Zhang. The tour was hosted by American Cultural Centers at universities all across China and is an educational initiative to foster Sino-US exchange through the performing arts. In October 2013 she was a finalist in the greater Washington D.C. China Voice Singing competition where she performed Chinese folksongs to critical acclaim. And in January 2014 she sang in the Greater Washington D.C. Chinese New Year Gala, one of the largest performance events for Spring Festival organized by Chinese living in the United States.