Hollis1_bw ~1 with pearlsPianist Deborah Lee Hollis is highly respected by colleagues for her sensitivity and skill as a collaborative partner. Her passion for vocal music has led to masterclass performances with such esteemed artists as Frederica von Stade and Dawn Upshaw; collaborative pianists Rudolph Jensen, Martin Katz, and Warren Jones; and composers Jake Heggie, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Lori Laitman.


Hollis has worked with many prominent Triangle music organizations, including Long Leaf Opera Company, Opera Company of North Carolina, Eastern Music Festival, and Mallarme Chamber Players. She currently is also the pianist for VOICES, the community chorus of Chapel Hill.


Hollis holds piano performance degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and she received her doctorate in collaborative piano from UNC Greensboro. Previously on faculty at Guilford College and UNC Greensboro and on staff at Duke University, Hollis is now a collaborative pianist and coach at UNC Chapel Hill.