Beatrice Holz


While first reading the Arthur Wenk diary, I noted this entry for the end of the first season: "Next year Bea Holz will conduct the group in my absence; I’m already plotting programs for the year after." This was the first time I had heard of Bea Holz—I was completely unaware that anyone else had conducted the group between its founding in 1974 and the end of the 1980-81 season. I went looking for information on Ms. Holz, via the modern version of the Wizard of Oz, Google. I was thrilled to get what looked like a plausible candidate for the position of Bea Holz. The hit was a Dr. Beatrice Holz, Professor of Music Education and Voice and Director of the Women's Choir at Asbury University in Kentucky. I used the contact information form to send an email to Dr. Holz, and got a lovely email back which began thus:   "Hello, Rebecca, and greetings from Kentucky, where I am getting ready to retire from teaching after this semester.  I did, indeed, conduct the Pittsburgh Camerata 1975-1976 while Art was doing a sabbatical." Unfortunately Dr. Holz will be unable to attend our reunion concert in March. So to (re)introduce her to the Camerata universe, here is the information on her from the Asbury website: "DR. BEATRICE HOLZ, known to her students as "Dr. Bea," serves the Asbury University Music Department as Professor of Music Education and Voice.  She directs the Asbury University Women's Choir, serves as one of five private vocal instructors, and teaches classes in Conducting, Vocal Music Education, and Opera Workshop. Dr. Holz's educational preparation has included the Ph.D. in Music (major in Music Education, minor in Voice Teaching) from the University of Kentucky, the Master of Music degree (major in Vocal Pedagogy) from the Hart School of Music of the University of Hartford, and the Bachelor of Music (major in Music Education) from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Holz has also completed post-graduate studies at the Indiana School of Music (Bloomington) in Opera Staging, at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance Pedagogy, and at Asbury Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling. Prior to accepting her current post on the Asbury University faculty, Dr. Holz served as an Instructor of Music at Asbury Theological Seminary, as Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University's Model Lab School, and as a K-12 public school music teacher in Connecticut and Kentucky. Dr. Holz is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Music Educators National Conference. Dr. Holz has been a vocal soloist and guest conductor from the east coast to the west coast in the United States as well as in Canada, England, Norway, and China (where she recently served as guest conductor for a combined High School Choral Festival for the International Schools of China). A third-generation Salvationist, ("soldier" of The Salvation Army,) Dr. Holz is also the founding director of the Salvation Army Student Fellowship Vocal Ensemble, which she began in 1981. This extracurricular ensemble for Salvationists of Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary has made four recordings and has toured in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Bahamas."