University, Bloomington. She made her operatic debut in Besancon, France, as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma, and went on to perform leading roles in both opera and oratorio. She was soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in both Paris and Bordeaux. In Naples and Milan she gave radio broadcast performances of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Darius Milhaud’s Return of the Prodigal Son for RAI (Italian Radio). In opera, Volovna has performed the title role in Bononcini’s Astarto and Nancy in Flotow’s Martha, both for the Dublin Opera. In Tours and Nimes (France) she appeared as Olga and Filipievna in Tschaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco, and Taven in Gounod’s Mireille. Since her return to the United States, Volovna has complemented her activities as a singer with those of teacher and director. She directed the opera program at Utah State University and has sung leading roles and directed for the Utah Festival Opera. Currently on the voice faculty of California State University, Sacramento, Volovna is a frequent soloist and director with the Apollo Opera.
Scott Whitaker, tenor, is an active concert singer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past seventeen years, he has performed and recorded a broad range of repertoire, from 12th Century organum to film soundtracks by John Williams, from Renaissance polyphony to the avant garde polyphony of Pierre Boulez. In the Bay Area, he appears regularly with the American Bach Soloists and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Recent recordings include a program of music by Josquin and his contemporaries with Sex Chordae Consort of Viols. Whitaker holds a bachelor’s degree in music from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in historic performance practice from Stanford University. He is currently teaching vocal performance at UC Davis.
D. Kern Holoman, conductor, has been professor of music at UC Davis since 1974 and conductor of the UCD Symphony Orchestra since 1978. As a musicologist his research has focused on the life and works of Hector Berlioz, and he is presently completing a lengthy study of the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, 1828–1967. His work in French music was recognized in 1989 with his appointment as Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, Republic of France, and this year with his appointment to Officier of the Order; presently he serves as a member of the international commission planning the three-year Berlioz bicentenary celebration that begins in February of 2000 and culminates in December 2003. At UC Davis Holoman has served as chair of the Departments of Music and Dramatic Arts and as founding dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts, & Cultural Studies. Born in North Carolina, Holoman completed his undergraduate studies at Duke and earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor, is assistant professor and director of choral ensembles at UC Davis. Educated at Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School, Thomas has achieved international recognition as music director of the American Bach Soloists, with whom he has directed and conducted recordings of more than 25 cantatas, the Mass in B Minor, The Musical Offering, motets, chamber music, and works by Schütz, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Haydn, and Beethoven. He has performed world wide and with most major U.S. symphonies and Baroque orchestras. His extensive discography of vocal music includes dozens of recordings of major works for Decca, EMI, Erato, Koch International Classics, Denon, Harmonia Mundi, Smithsonian, Newport Classics, and Arabesque. He has presented master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, SUNY at Buffalo, Swarthmore College, and Washington University, and is also an avid exponent of contemporary music.