Alana Kolb | Mezzo-Soprano
Noted for her warm yet wild mezzo-soprano voice, Alana Kolb is a singer/actor who believes that expressing the emotion behind the music is just as important as expressing what is written.
Alana found her love of music though the art of dance at the age of two. She fell in love with the way the music made her feel, and was intent on finding a way to share that feeling with the world. She pursued the clarinet and piano, but it wasn't until she was given the opportunity to sing in a professional children's choir at the age of ten that she found her passion for singing.
In 2006 Alana started teaching voice, and has now taught students all over the U.S. from ages 6 to 92. She is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential whether they want to learn for a hobby or a profession.
In 2008, Alana performed the role of Leucippe in the North American premiere of Cavalli's La virtu de strali d'Amore in collaboration with Eastman School of Music and Paul O'dette. She also performed the lead role of Public Opinion in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and in 2007, played Mere Jeanne in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites at Bowling Green State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in voice performance under the guidance of voice professor Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers.
In 2010, Alana received her Masters degree from The Peabody Conservatory under the instruction of the world-renowned soprano Phyllis Bryn Julson. Her roles included Methurine in Gluck’s L’invrogne Corrige with Peabody Conservatory, The Witch in Peabody's Opera outreach program of Hansel and Gretel, and Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto in the Peabody Bel Canto Opera Potpourri. Quickly after graduation she was engaged with the Schmidt Opera Outreach Program, bringing live opera performance to children all over Kentucky.
In 2012, Alana performed with the Franco-American Vocal Academy singing the role of Niklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, and toured throughout the south of France. During this time she worked with French Soprano Frederique Added, and Conductor Willie Waters. She then went on to perform the roles of La Principessa in Suor Angelica and Zita in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Per Tutti in Cleveland, Ohio.
Alana has received many awards, but is most proud of The Bernice Ely Coulon Special Achievement Award in the area of Voice performance awarded to her by the voice faculty of Bowing Green State University
Most recently, Alana has been a featured mezzo-soprano soloist in and around Baltimore. Performing with groups that include; Rhymes with Opera, Embody-a vocal lab, and Classical Revolution. She loves to collaborate with musicians in all genres of music.
Her professional goals include performing and teaching all over the world, having a successful opera and concert career, and later pursue a career as a professor of voice at the college level. For Alana Kolb, this career is not about fighting for the spotlight, it is about inspiring the world through her passion.
She is thrilled to join the Calvary Music School as a voice teacher, and hopes to inspire a whole new generation of singers and music lovers.