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Edward Bolkovac

Piano Faculty; Primrose Fuller Professor of Choral Music

Vocal, HCD Music

The Hartt School, Hartt Community Division
860.768.4433 F 411

DMA, Stanford University

Diploma, Kodály Zenepedagógiai Intézet

MM, SUNY-Binghamton

BSEd, Duquesne University

Dr. Bolkovac started his teaching career at Holy Names College in Oakland, California (now Holy Names University) where he was appointed as a full-time faculty member at age 26 to teach in the Kodály Graduate Music Education Program. Then he taught ear training, choral conducting, conducted the college choirs, and later directed the college orchestra for three years, eventually becoming the Director of the Kodály program. Shortly after his arrival at Holy Names, he also began the first of over twenty international trips to teach and conduct in Australia, England, New Zealand, The Philippines, and Taiwan. His first appointment as a Music Director was with the Bay Area Lutheran Chorale, a community chorus based in San Francisco that performed the standard choral/orchestral repertoire. He later earned his doctorate, and became the Artistic Director of the California Bach Society. Following this appointment, he became very involved in the San Francisco Bay Area's rich early music scene, revitalizing the California Bach Society into one of the Bay Area's finest Baroque ensembles, and working frequently with some of the finest singers and orchestral players.

After 16 years in the Bay Area, he moved to Australia to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he directed the university choral ensembles and taught ear training and choral conducting. While at the University of Queensland, Dr. Bolkovac was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award, and also won a competitive national grant to Berlin and The Library of Congress to study performance practice styles in early commercial recordings of the choral music of Brahms. He became known throughout Australia for his performances of Baroque oratorios, his many international workshops, and artistic leadership of the Brisbane Early Music Festival.

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Press Reviews

"An inspired performance . . . Handel's noble phrases were shaped with skill and ingenuity . . ."--The Sunday Mail, Brisbane, Australia 

"Bolkovac's Maccabeus has, before all else, style . . . Concentus, now three years old, has developed a distinctive, baroque tone of colour, light and sharp definition."--The Australian, Sydney 

"The general joy of the Concentus singers responding to conductor Bolkovac's exacting sensitivity made this a performance to savour."--Courier-Mail, Brisbane 

Major Works

  • Argento's I Love and I Hate
  • Bach's Magnificat
  • Berlioz Te Deum and Benvenuto Cellini Overture
  • Bernstein's Chichester Psalms
  • Bloch's Avodat Hakodesh (Sacred Service)
  • Brahms's SchicksalsliedNänie, and Ein deutsches Requiem
  • Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Rejoice in the Lamb
  • Carissimi's Jonas
  • Charpentier’s Te Deum
  • Copland's Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid Suite,and The Tender Land (Rivera concert version)
  • Duruflé's Requiem
  • Handel's Alexander's Feast; Haydn’s CreationMariazeller Mass, Paukenmesse, and Symphony #13 in D Major
  • 'Mars' and 'Jupiter' from Holst's The Planets
  • Kodály's Missa Brevis
  • Urlicht and Finale from Symphony in C Minor (Resurrection) by Gustav Mahler
  • Mozart's RequiemCoronation Mass, Spatzenmesse, and Symphonies #29, in A Major, #31 in G Major, and #32 in D Major
  • Ramirez’s Misa Criolla
  • Stabat Mater by Szymanowski, The Here and Now by Christopher Theofanidis
  • Verdi's Requiem
  • Dona nobis pacem and A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams.
Bolkovac has also conducted a wide array of a cappella works from the Renaissance through the 21st century.


Sing We Now Merrily. New York: Boosey and Hawkes, 2008.

"Wegweiser-a 'Guidepost' to Understanding the Harmonic Language of Schubert" Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, Autumn 1997.

150 Rounds for Singing and Teaching. New York: Boosey and Hawkes, 1996. Introduction to Basic Choral Conducting. Brisbane: Clayfield School of Music, 1995.

Musica barocca. (CD Recording) Palo Alto: Guidonian Records, 1994