James Nathaniel Holland
                                                                                                            Composer, Lyric Tenor, Pianist

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James Nathaniel Holland - Composer, Pianist, vocalist, tenor, opera singer          Holland began composing classical music when he was 10 years of age. Born and raised in Western Indiana, he was musically educated at DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana where he studied piano with Dr. Lorna Griffitt and Patricia Hetrick and ensemble band music and direction with John T. Wilson at North Putnam High School.

         In 1984 he attended Interlochen National Music Camp where he studied piano, and composition with composers Jeff Haas and Paul Wehr. He acquired his vocal performance degree in 1988 from DePaw with work at Indiana University. During the summers he performed in theater in Hagerstown Indiana and College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, West Falmouth MA. He studied and sang a semester abroad in Vienna Austria under the guidance of tenor Frank Kubik. An early musical was selected for DePauw's main-stage production line-up his senior year.

         After his musical studies, he performed Gilbert and Sullivan with the Light Opera of Manhattan off-Broadway theater company in New York City. In Los Angeles, he was choir director for a brief time at Culver City Presbyterian Church and later back in New York, a regular tenor soloist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and the Saint Vincent Ferrer Cathedral in Manhattan.

         In 1997 he volunteered in Peace Corps and was stationed in Haiti, a culture, that on a mission trip in 1990, enchanted him and has shaped his musical vision throughout his life.

         As composer, he wrote incidental music for many theater productions including "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" and Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It" In 2002 he founded the composers collective, "Northern New Jersey Camarata" which featured in concerts his and such composers as William Vollinger, Allen Stern, and Donald Sandborn. He was one of the first music composers to participate in the American Music Centers on-line library project.

His farcical opera, "The Discontented Housewife" was performed by the New Jersey Concert Opera Company and the Gay Men's Chorus featured selections from his other operas "Menkaure" and "The One Upstairs."

In 2005 he made a leap to Central American country of Costa Rica where he currently lives, producing concerts featuring his music, and performing in opera productions at the Melico Salazar and National Theaters.

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