Soloists

Amelia Rollings, Soprano

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Soprano Amelia Rollings is a native of Columbia.  She earned an M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Kansas.  Through the University of Kansas Medical Center, she also completed a practicum on the habilitation of the singing voice.  Presently, Dr. Rollings is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre Voice at Western Kentucky University, where she is a teacher of singing and a researcher in vocal pedagogy.  She works frequently with singers recovering from vocal fold pathologies. In addition to the soprano lead in Verdi Requiem, she has performed roles in Wagner Götterdämmerung, Britten Albert Herring, The Consul, and Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel, and performed the role of Helmwige in a scene from Die Walküre with New York Lyric Opera. She has been a young artist with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center and the Intermezzo Foundation (Brugge, Belgium.  She has also performed in productions of Sweeney Todd, The Fantasticks, and Nine. Dr. Rollings has presented her research at numerous refereed symposia, and in the Journal of Voice, the world’s premiere peer-reviewed voice medicine and research journal.

Janet Hopkins, Mezzo Soprano

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Mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins served as principal soloist at the Metropolitan opera for fifteen seasons.  Her recent credits include national and international tour performances of Verdi Requiem, and appearances in Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Wesendonck lieder and the Ruckert-lieder. Ms Hopkins is featured in numerous “Live from the Met” recordings and has several solo recordings available. She blended her own Cuvee red wine as part of “Aria”, a unique music and wine project, and has co-written a children’s opera and coloring book/libretto, Ecco goes to the Opera. Ms. Hopkins is also founder and executive director of Opera-tunity Foundation for the Arts, an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization for education and appreciation of the arts, which has garnered a resolution of excellence from the SC House of Representatives. Her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance is from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  She is now Associate Professor of Voice in the School of Music at USC.

 

Sam Grosby, Tenor

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Originally from Columbia, tenor Sam Grosby received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music at Rochester (NY) University. In 2017, he earned an MM in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University.  This past summer, Mr. Grosby was studio artist for highly regarded Wolf Trap (VA) Opera and was feature artist in the New York Festival of Song. This fall and next spring, he performs with Opera for the Young, a preeminent producer and presenter of opera for children in the United States, and a professional company of OPERA America.  Mr. Grosby’s opera credits include roles in Dvořák’ Rusalka, Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites, Britten Albert Herring, Mollicone The Face on the Barroom Floor, Mozart Le nozze di Figaro, Floyd Susannah, and Musto Later the Same Evening.  With the Chamber Opera Initiative at Northwestern, he also directed two operas, Milhaud L’enlèvement d’Europe and Toch Princess and the Pea. Mr. Grosby has performed in the theater as well, with roles in She Loves Me and Our Town. Mr. Grosby resides currently in Chicago.

 

Isaac Holmes, Bass

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Baritone Washington Isaac Holmes has performed as soloist, dancer, instrumentalist, and chorister in the United States, Hong Kong, Russia, South Korea, Germany, France, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Belgium.  His recent soloist performances include Durufle Requiem with the Cecilia Ensemble, Mendelssohn Elijah with the Athens Master Chorale, Haydn The Creation with the USCA Masterworks Chorale, Faure Requiem and St. George The Anonymous Lover in the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, Mozart Requiem with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Goodall rEternal Light: A Requiem with Texas at A & M United Methodist Church, and Verdi Requiem with the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium.  Mr. Holmes sang at the 20th Anniversary African American Art Song Alliance Conference and the memorial concert for The Emmanuel 9, and has performed recently in Sweeney Todd and Le Nozze di Figaro.  Originally from Graniteville, Mr. Holmes received a B.M.A. from USC and an M.M. in vocal performance from The University of Michigan.  Currently, Mr. Holmes a doctoral candidate and Assistant Professor of Music at Paine College in Augusta, GA.