“Holly Boaz inspires real excitement about singing in her students. I see singers make dramatic progress on technique and performing after working with her.”
– Dr. James L. Brown, Chair of Vocal Studies, Pacific Lutheran University
"Holly’s energy and passion for vocal instruction is contagious. I appreciate that she loves “cross-training” students to sing in more than one genre. So many of my students are looking for a teacher who will honor all the parts of their musical experience, not just their desire for high-quality classical training. Singers who make it in the music industry are versatile, and Holly is training that versatility."
– Emily Wickman, Choral Director at Tacoma School of the Arts High School
“It has been my great privilege to study voice with Holly Boaz. I come away from each lesson with a better understanding of my voice and of the art of singing. Holly’s extensive experience as a singer/performer and her thorough knowledge of vocal pedagogy/technique are evident in her comprehensive and thoughtful approach to teaching healthy, beautiful singing. Holly explains concepts clearly, and offers effective and creative solutions for how to work through vocal challenges. She strives to bring out the best in each of her students, and to help them reach their full potential as singers. I have grown immensely as a singer through my lessons with Holly and would recommend her as a teacher to any voice student.”
– E. H., soprano, studied with Holly for 4 years and is currently working as a professional singer in Seattle
“Holly was my first voice teacher. She opened my eyes and ears to the wonderful world of classical singing, teaching me solid breath control and true commitment to the text. I learned so much from her love and passion of music, an d she gave me a solid foundation to continue singing opera and classical music. I have gone on to pursue voice performance with a Bachelor of Music from SUNY Purchase, and a Master's of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I won the Jenny Lind Competition, The Italian Cultural Center of Chicago’s Voice competition, and I was the third place winner at the Chicago NATS competition. I have also appeared as the soprano soloist at the Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra’s Pops Concert in CT. Holly’s patience and commitment to teaching has truly helped me achieve my present-day singing goals.”
— J.G., soprano, studied with Holly for 5 years and is working as professional singer in New York
“Working with Holly Boaz was a complete joy. In the two years that I spent with her my voice became more mature, developed, and expanded in range. I learned not only about vocal technique but also boosted my knowledge of composers, repertoire, and performance strategies for a wide variety of audiences and venues. My lessons were comfortable, safe, and exploratory, yet serious and focused which allowed me to grow in a non-stressful atmosphere and really accomplish new things with my voice. Holly has a wonderful way of balancing the structure of singing with encouraging passion in singing. I also greatly appreciated the lengths at which Holly goes to see success in her students. Whether it is scheduling additional lessons, proof-reading program notes a million times, or just giving constructive, positive feedback, Holly really cares about her students.”
– J.K., mezzo soprano, currently a full time music teacher in the Seattle/Tacoma area
“I loved working with Holly and cannot say enough about her as a teacher or person. She is an incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, supportive, and enthusiastic voice teacher. As a young high school student (and not yet well acquainted with the world of singing), Holly taught me about good vocal technique and vocal health, the physicality of singing, proper diction of foreign languages, the details of specific musical styles, and even helped me when I needed advice about how to dress and do my make-up for auditions! She also introduced me to the world of opera—something I fell in love with and have been pursuing ever since. Holly has a passion for both singing and teaching, making her a wonderful voice teacher. I consider myself lucky to know her and to have had the opportunity to study with her.”
– Bridget S., studied with Holly for 3 years, went on to receive an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School. Currently working as a professional musician in CT.
“I appreciate the way Holly not only explains what she wants from you, but her reasoning and direction behind it. She will give you a vision of where she wants you to go with your voice or the piece you’re working on. It really helps to have some perspective.”
– J.S., Winner of the national Folger’s Jingle Competition & currently working as a recording artist in L.A.