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Dean of Graduate School

Professor, Voice Pedagogy

  • D.M.A., Voice Performance, University of Missouri, Kansas City (1985)
  • M.A., Music, Stephen F. Austin State University (1976)
  • B.M., Voice Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University (1975)
  • A.A., Applied Arts, Kilgore College (1973)
Dr. Berry's many solo performances include appearances with the Kansas City Chamber Players, Orchestra of Santa Fe, Denver Chamber Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Chorale, Longview Opera Company, Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with many noted conductors, including Roger Cantrell, Jurgen de Lemos, Margaret Hillis, and Robert Shaw. Recent performances include the tenor solos in Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and Haydn's "Lord Nelson" Mass.

Interests, Activities & Plans
Former Director of Opera, SFA.S.U. Former Stage Director, Longview (Texas) Opera Company. Directing credits from the past twelve years include A Little Night Music (Sondheim), Albert Herring (Britten), The Consul (Menotti), Carmen (Bizet/Brook), Signor Deluso (Pasatieri), The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Sister Angelica (Puccini), Calvary (Pasatieri), Rita (Donizetti), Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Susannah (Floyd), The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Falstaff (Verdi), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Rigoletto (Verdi), and Romeo and Juliet (Gounod). Also active as a singer, Dr. Berry appears in regional opera company productions of such works as La Boheme (as Rodolfo), and La Traviata (as Alfredo) and as a soloist with orchestras and in recital.

Other Interesting Things
Dr. Berry was a member of the SFA.S.U project team of the American Council on Education - Kellogg Foundation Project on Leadership and Institutional Transformation. He is past Chair of the University Faculty Senate, past Chair of the Fine Arts Council, and past Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Dr. Berry was appointed Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in July 2007. Previously he served as Associate Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.