Kerry Wilkerson’s solo career has taken him from coast to coast performing renowned oratorios and exciting recitals. A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, the Washington Post has described him as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the ‘amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing’. He has enjoyed a celebrated career as a 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 addition, Kerry has sung professionally with the US 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 Händel Choir of Baltimore, the National Philharmonic, City Choir of Washington, Choralis, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia. The 2020/21 season includes performing duet recitals with his wife, Danielle Talamantes, for Opera Roanoke and Close Encounters with Music (Great Barrington MA) as well as a guest appearance with the National Philharmonic. The 2021/22 season will bring the world premiere of Kohelet, a work written specific for his voice by dear friend and composer, Henry Dehlinger, with the Santa Clara Chorale (CA).
Kerry’s Carnegie Hall debut was made in June of 2017, as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Sancta Civitas, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). With over thirty concert works in his repertoire, he also has performed the roles of Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Bob (Old Maid and the Thief), Theseus (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Emile de Becque (South Pacific) and the Wazir (Kismet).
Kerry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.M.) and George Mason University (M.A.).