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 a 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. This season, Wilkerson can be seen as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale, and in concert with the Artist Series of Sarasota and Strathmore’s Music at the Mansion.
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.
Previous engagements included “Literary Giants” in recital with St. John’s Episcopal Church, Henry Dehlinger’s Kohelet for both the Santa Clara Chorale and Washington Master Chorale, as well as Benoit/Alcindoro in La boheme with the Jacksonville Symphony and Montano in Otello with Pacific Symphony; in addition, Wilkerson performed Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the National Philharmonic and Ralph 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.
“..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."