B.M. New England Conservatory of Music M.M. Eastman School of Music D.M.A. Eastman School of Music
Korean American soprano, Holly Bewlay has performed numerous solo engagements with opera companies, orchestras, universities, chamber ensembles, and arts organizations including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Connecticut Choral Artists, Mercury Opera, Opera Rochester, Eastman Opera Theatre, Oberlin in Italy, Tulsa Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, The Cheektowaga Symphony, The Amherst Symphony, Greece Symphony, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, and many others. Bewlay's operatic roles include Rosalinde from Die Fledermaus, Countess from Le Nozze di Figaro, Leonora from Il Trovatore, Leonora from La Forza Del Destino, Desdemona from Otello, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, Laetitia in TheOld Maid and the Thief, Sophie in Werther, Giannetta in L'Elisir D'Amore, and Venere and Amor in Orfeo. She has been a soloist in oratorios/concert works such as Beethoven’s Symphony 9, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Brahm’s Requiem, Mozart's C Minor Mass, Haydn's Creation, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Bach’s Magnificat, Gounod's Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Saint Saens' La Nuit, and four times in Handel’s Messiah with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. She performed recitals at Eastman, New England Conservatory, Buffalo State, Colorado State, Columbus State in Georgia, University of Memphis, Auburn University, and throughout the USA, Italy, and South Korea.
Presently she serves as an associate professor in Voice at SUNY Buffalo State. At the college, she coordinates the voice program, teaches applied voice, and vocal pedagogy. As an educator, she was awarded Educator of the Year award from OperaBuff, NY. She served as a co-artistic director, stage director of an opera workshop program, Cadenza Workshop, and collaborated as an artist for Professional Development of Arts Educators in Buffalo. Dr. Bewlay is an active researcher in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Her research in SoTL includes “Using an Assessment Rubric as a Tool to Increase Student Motivation in Applied Voice,” and “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the Arts.”
Dr. Holly Bewlay received her vocal training at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where she received a BM. Bewlay then completed her MM and DMA at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.