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Debbie Berry

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Lecturer, Voice

  • M.A., Voice Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977)
  • B.M., Voice Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (1975)
Debbie Berry, soprano, is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice performance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. After a teaching stint at Wayland University, she moved to Kansas City where she did post-graduate work at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

While in Kansas City, Ms. Berry worked with such notable artist-teachers as James King and Boris Goldovsky. Following her study in Kansas City, she spent five years in Denver performing and teaching. She moved to Nacogdoches from San Antonio where she was a private voice instructor at John Marshall High School.

Berry is a member of the music faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she teaches private voice. Berry’s performance credits include solo performances with the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, the Longview Opera Repertory Company, the Central City Singers (of the Central City Opera House Association), and regular appearances as a recitalist in Denver, Kansas City, and East Texas.

She has performed such operatic roles as Violetta in La Traviata (Verdi), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten), Musetta in La Boheme (Puccini), Baby Doe in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Rossini), the Witch in Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), and Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi). Her oratorio repertoire includes the soprano solos in Requiem (Mozart), Ein deutches Requiem (Brahms), Carmina Burana (Orff), The Creation (Haydn), and Gloria (Poulenc). She has performed extensively in musical comedy: Widow Corney in Oliver (Bart), Maria in The Sound of Music (Rodgers), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Loesser), Julie Jordan in Carousel (Rodgers), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Lerner), Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Bock), Fiona McLaren in Brigadoon (Lerner), Magnolia in Show Boat, and Lilly in Kiss Me Kate.