Kerry Wilkerson

Kerry Wilkerson

A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, baritone Kerry Wilkerson has been described by the Washington Post as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the “amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing”.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 to rave reviews as baritone soloist in the Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas. His solo concert career has taken him up and down the east coast performing renowned oratorios and recitals. He was an esteemed member of the United States Army Chorus; singing and conducting for world leaders, Supreme Court Justices, politicians and dignitaries of many nations during official ceremony and protocol events.

Upcoming engagements include “Literary Giants” in recital with St. John’s Episcopal Church, Germont in La traviata with Bel Cantanti Opera, Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme with the Jacksonville Symphony, Henry Dehlinger’s Kohelet for the Santa Clara Chorale, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the National Philharmonic, and Raph Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem for the Washington Chorus.

Calendar

Event Date
Oct 8
to
Oct 8
Recital
Baritone Soloist
St. John's Episcopal Church
Roanoke, Virginia
Oct 24
to
Oct 30
La traviata
Germont
Bel Cantanti Opera
Rockville, MD
Event Date
Apr 29
to
May 1
La boheme
Benoit/Alcindoro
Jacksonville Symphony
Jacksonville, Florida
Event Date
May 21
to
May 21
Dehlinger's Kohelet
Baritone Soloist
Santa Clara Chorale
Santa Clara, California
Event Date
Jun 5
to
Jun 5
Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Bass Soloist
The National Philharmonic
North Bethesda, Maryland
Jun 11
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Jun 12
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem
Baritone Soloist
Washington Chorus
Washington, D.C.

Artist Bio

A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, baritone Kerry Wilkerson has been described by the Washington Post as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the “amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing”.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2017 to rave reviews as baritone soloist in the Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas. His solo concert career has taken him up and down the east coast performing renowned oratorios and recitals. He was an esteemed member of the United States Army Chorus; singing and conducting for world leaders, Supreme Court Justices, politicians and dignitaries of many nations during official ceremony and protocol events.

In past seasons, Mr. Wilkerson performed as baritone soloist in Opera Roanoke’s gala concert as well as in recital with Danielle Talamantes; Handel’s Messiah with National Symphony Orchestra, United Methodist Church, and La Jolla Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with American University; Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with Spokane Symphony; Kodály’s Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival; Bach’s Mass in B minor with The City Choir of Washington; Faure’s Requiem with Eugene Concert Choir; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Choralis; Duruflé’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem for The Washington Chorus; as well as Einhorn’s Voices of Light with the National Philharmonic.

Upcoming engagements include “Literary Giants” in recital with St. John’s Episcopal Church, Germont in La traviata with Bel Cantanti Opera, Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme with the Jacksonville Symphony, Henry Dehlinger’s Kohelet for the Santa Clara Chorale, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the National Philharmonic, and Raph Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem for the Washington Chorus.

In addition, Kerry has sung professionally with the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants and the critically acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Singers in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. Kerry is well known to Washington, DC audiences through his solo recitals and regular guest appearances with choruses and orchestras such as the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra, City Choir of Washington, Choralis, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia. Recent performances as featured soloist include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the North Carolina Master Chorale and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Air Force Symphony Orchestra at the acclaimed Kennedy Center.

Updated September 1, 2021.

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “In diesen heil’gen Hallen”

Video

“Di Provenza il mar” from La traviata

“Vi ravviso o luoghi ameni” from La Sonnambula

“Star Spangled Banner” at the 2017 Thanksgiving Giants vs. Redskins game

“Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre” from Carmen

Press

“..a commanding performance…” – Register Guard

Verdi's Requiem – "Wilkerson’s best moment came in the Libera Me where his clarity of tone and diction and impeccable technique combined for a commanding performance."