Eric Christopher Perry, instructor of voice, is consistently recognized for his thoughtful expression of words and effortless coloratura singing. He is highly active in oratorio, concert and bel canto operatic performance; recently reviewed as “exuberant” and “sweetly sung” in his Boston solo debut- Bach’s “Mass in b minor” at historic Old South Church [Boston Musical Intelligencer].
Theatrical credits include The Sorcerer (Alexis), Don Pasquale (Ernesto), Sunday in the Park with George (George), The Secret Garden (Archibald), Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio/Curzio), Così fan tutte (Ferrando), Friar I in the East Coast orchestral premiere of Buoso’s Ghost by Michael Ching and La Cenerentola (Ramiro), which broadcasted on WKBQ-Phoenix’s Saturday at the Opera program. His concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Mass in b-minor and various cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Janàček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared, Maunder’s Olivet to Cavalry, Schumann’sSzenen aus Goethes Faust, Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio, and the complete Mass settings of Haydn and Schubert.
Mr. Perry made his professional singing debut at the Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival, singing Monteverdi’s virtuosi duet Zefiro, torna under the baton of Grant Cooper. In 2010 he joined the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Chorale as a chorister and soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium during the inaugural Arizona Bach Festival. Last season he made his national symphony debut as “The Milkman” in Krása’s children’s opera Brundibár with the Phoenix Symphony. In June of 2011 he was awarded the Ivars Taurins Fellowship with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, where he performed as a soloist in Charpentier’s Messe des Morts and the role of Evangelist in a reading of Bach’s St. John Passion. He will return to the Institute in the summer of 2012.
In November 2011 his performance of twentieth century Australian art song with pianist Bronwyn Blaiklock was featured in the Ballarat Art Gallery’s Modern Masterpieces Exhibit, in conjunction with the Ballarat Writers Inc. with support by the Australian Music Centre.
Mr. Perry has appeared with the Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera New Jersey, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Arizona Lyric Opera Theatre, Hamilton College Oratorio Society, Salisbury Singers of Worcester, Fredonia Bach Consort, Freisinger Orchestra, Trinity Episcopal Men and Boys Choir in Buffalo, New York, Brookline Chorus, Earlville Opera, Pro-Musica Arizona, Scottsdale Musical Arts, and Amherst Societatis-Oratorio, which he co-founded in 2011. In 2012 he made his first appearances with Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman and Emmanuel Music’s Bach cantata series under Ryan Turner.
Honours include semi-finalist placement in the 2009 Louisville Bach Society’s Young Artist Competition. He has also been awarded in vocal competitions sponsored by Syracuse’s Civic Morning Musicals and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Mr. Perry also is an experienced choral conductor and musical theatre director. Selected credits include Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show,Chicago, The Music Man, Hairspray and Cabaret.
In 2011 he served as the Lecturer of Voice and musical director for the Arts Academy of the School of Education and Art at the University of Ballarat in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. During his time he taught individual and group voice classes, and developed, directed, and conducted its musical theatre scenes concert. He has been a guest clinician and conductor for choirs in Massachusetts, Arizona, New York, and throughout Victoria, Australia.
Academic accolades include BM: Vocal Performance at Fredonia State University; MM: Vocal Performance at Arizona State University and MM: Choral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Teachers include Gerald Thomas Gray, David Britton, William Hite, Todd Graber, Tony Thornton, and Thea Fenton Wheeler.
Mr. Perry is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Men’s National Music Fraternity, American Choral Directors Association and newly inducted into the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing.