Evynne Hollens is a female vocalist who lives and works in her native Eugene, Oregon. Among her other accomplishments, she was one of the co-founders of the University of Oregon’s female a cappella group Divisi, with which she sang for five years. Her name is the first word in the first chapter of the book Pitch Perfect, on which the movie of the same title is based. Her and Divisi’s adventures at the 2005 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals make up a major portion of the book. She is married to Peter Hollens and they have one son, Ashland, born on March 31st, 2014. She frequently works with pianist Nathan Alef.
Besides holding a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Music from the University of Oregon, Evynne studied musical theater with the prestigious Contemporary Arts Project 21 (CAP21) Conservatory in New York City.
After graduating from college Evynne signed on with Royal Caribbean Cruises, for which she worked as a performer on cruise ships for four years. Her husband Peter Hollens performed alongside her on these voyages. Together they created an original production show for Azamara Club Cruises (a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean) called "Voices," which is now featured on both of Azamara's ships.
Evynne continued performing after she returned to Eugene, in venues such as the John G. Shedd Institute for the Performing Arts (the “Shedd”) and the Oregon Festival of American Music and the Oregon Contemporary Theater (OCT). She started directing at the Rose Children’s Theater (the “Rose”) and teaching at her private voice studio.
- She’s been involved with 19 productions at the Shedd over the last ten years. Among them, she created and performed in The Contemporary Songbook Project, and played Nanette in No, No, Nanette. Her most recent Shedd performance was in Hear My Song on May 30-31, 2015.
- At the OCT she played Lucy in Avenue Q and Natalie in Next to Normal. From January 15 to February 6, 2016 she performed the role of Cathy in The Last Five Years.
- In April 2015 she directed a musical production of Beauty and the Beast at the Rose.
Besides live performances Evynne is an up-and-coming YouTube artist, with music videos and a weekly vlog. Her channel has over 100,000 subscribers. She often collaborates with her husband Peter Hollens and with pianist Nathan Alef. She has a particular fondness for showtunes and has recorded a number of them, including “Somewhere” from Westside Story and “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Her “Shake it Out/Shake it Off” mashup received over 200,000 views in the first four days of its release and was featured on Buzzfeed and Mashable. This has been eclipsed by her "Evolution of the Disney Princess" medley which received over 1,000,000 views in the week following its release on March 3, 2016. This video features segments of Evynne performing as 14 Disney princesses, from Snow White (from the movie of the same name) to Elsa (from Frozen), spanning the period from 1937 to 2013. Somewhat ironically, her previous greatest success, measured in views, was “Let it Go” from Frozen, which has had over 860,000 views since January 2014.
A veteran and versatile performer with a solid musical background, Evynne Hollens is a star on the rise.
- Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. Mickey Rapkin. Gotham; Mti edition (September 4, 2012)