About our soloists…
Michael Prichard, who studies with Pam Wolfe, began his professional career at 9 singing treble with the Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church, New Haven, CT. As a mechanical engineering undergraduate at MIT, he studied voice and was a founding member of the MIT Chamber Chorus. A longtime member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, his local solo appearances include Brahms' German Requiem, Carmina Burana, Belshazzar’s Feast, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Pirate King from the Pirates of Penzance with Claflin Hill Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem with the Lexington Symphony and Boris Godunov with Longwood Symphony under Jonathan McPhee. He made his solo debut in Tanglewood in Stravinsky's Les Noces with Charles Dutoit. His opera appearances include Colline in La Boheme, 2 of the kings in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore.
Michelle Trainor, a Massachusetts native, is excited to return to New World Chorale singing Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. She makes her Odyssey Opera debut this spring as Ghita in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg and has recently made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their performance of Der Rosenkavalier under the direction of Andris Nelsons. She will be returning to the Boston Lyric Opera stage singing the role of Marcellina in their production of Le Nozze di Figaro. As a Boston Lyric Opera Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artist alumna she has sung roles in their productions of The Inspector, Macbeth, Clemency, The Magic Flute, The Merry Widow, and The Love Potion. Michelle has recorded Schubert’s Hagar’s Lament on the BIS label with Boston Lyric Opera and was the 2011 recipient of the company’s Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence. As a concert soloist she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Il Duomo in Orvieto, Italy and in Boston Ballet’s production of the A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Next season will begin with the World Premiere of Julian Grant’s The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare with Boston Lyric Opera, singing the role of Burke’s girlfriend, Helen.
Holly MacEwen Krafka, the founder of the New World Chorale, has been a conductor, educator, and performer in a wide range of musical activities for many years. A native of Wellesley, MA, she is a graduate of Gettysburg College and holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Boston Conservatory. As a singer, Ms. Krafka was a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for 20 years and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under internationally renowned conductors including Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis, and Seiji Ozawa at Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Hong Kong, and Japan. Ms. Krafka’s children’s choirs have performed in venues ranging from Broadway shows at Boston’s Colonial Theater to the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria.
Ms. Krafka has been a regular guest conductor with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. She led the orchestra and the New World Chorale in performances of the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, and the “Broadway in Concert” series: South Pacific in Concert, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Music Man.
In September 2009, Ms. Krafka made her Hatch Shell conducting debut with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and New World Chorale in a performance of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem. From 2011–2014, Ms. Krafka was choral director of the Symphony NH Chorus, the official chorus of Symphony NH. She also directed Colla Voce, the select 16-voice chamber vocal ensemble of the SNH Chorus, from 2011–2014. In April 2013, Ms. Krafka conducted a chorus of former and current Jimmy Fund patients celebrating the 60-year collaboration between the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund at the Opening Day ceremonies at beloved Fenway Park in Boston, MA.
A music educator for over 35 years, Ms. Krafka has been music director and vocal director in a number of local area churches and school systems, including Wellesley, Hopkinton, and Franklin, MA and at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, MA. She is currently Choral Director at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH.
The New World Chorale (NWC) is one of the most in-demand symphonic choruses in the greater Boston area. NWC has performed major choral works with the Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Symphony, Longwood Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and Symphony Pro Musica. In November 2010, NWC joined the Lexington Symphony and the Symphony NH Orchestra & Chorus in performances of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major (“Symphony of a Thousand”) that Geoffrey Wieting of The Boston Musical Intelligencer called “a tsunami of ecstasy.” In October 2015, the New World Chorale provided the women’s chorus for the Boston Ballet’s production of Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler: A Ballet by John Neumeier. It was the first production of this ballet by a North American company since Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet made it a signature work in 1975. For more information, visit NWC’s web site at www.newworldchorale.org.