Chorale Director

Collegium Director

Department: Music

Contact

Office: Bixler 229
Phone: 207-859-5680
Fax: 207-859-5635
Email: eric.perry@colby.edu

Mailing Address

5680 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856

Education

B.M. Vocal Performance: State University of New York at Fredonia, 2008
M.M. Vocal Performance: Arizona State University
M.M. Choral Conducting: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Areas of Expertise

  • Voice (Tenor) – specializing in oratorio, art song, and new music performance
  • Choral Conducting
  • Music for Male Chorus
  • Icelandic Choral Music
  • Arts Entrepreneurship

Professional Information

Lauded by the Boston Classical Review for his “expressive energy and ringing high notes,” deemed “sweet and appealing” by the Boston Globe, and complimented for his “clear and even tone” by New York Arts, conductor, tenor, and educator Eric Christopher Perry is gaining a national reputation for his passionate, imaginative chamber music performance and his innovative, thought-provoking choral programming. Mr. Perry made his professional singing debut at the Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival under the baton of Grant Cooper in 2007. In 2010 he joined the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Chorale as a soloist in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium during the inaugural Arizona Bach Festival. Later that season he made his national symphony debut as The Milkman in Krása’s children’s opera, Brundibár, with the Phoenix Symphony. In June of 2011 he was awarded the Ivars Taurins Fellowship with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, where he performed as a soloist in Charpentier’s Messe de Morts and as the role of Evangelist in a reading of Bach’s Johannes-Passion. Since, he has performed across the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Iceland, and throughout Australia.

Mr. Perry relocated to Boston in 2012, and since has performed as a soloist with Cantata Singers, Musica Sacra, Ashmont Hill Chamber Music, Orpheus Singers, Capella Clausura, New Hampshire Master Chorale, Andover Choral Society, Singers of Stow, Cambridge Chamber Singers, University of Massachusetts Bach Festival, and in a one-per-part performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 with Cambridge Concentus under the baton of Joshua Rifkin. In the 2017-18 season he will make his solo debut with Boston Camerata in Charptentier’s Messe de Minuit under the direction of Anne Azéma.

 

Mr. Perry is frequently seen with the Handel and Haydn Society as a chorus member or as a soloist; the Boston Globe praised his “sharp physicality and ringing tenor voice” in his performance of BWV 10 in H+H’s annual Bach Christmas during the 2016-17 season. He has sung under the direction of Harry Christophers, Ian Watson, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Grant Llewellyn – in Boston, and on tour in California, Washington D.C., and in a special performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, broadcast worldwide on Facebook Live in the 2016-17 season. He has also appeared as an ensemble member on two H+H recordings, Haydn’s The Creation, andThe Old Colony Collection [Coro], and in H+H featured lunchtime recitals at King’s Chapel in Boston and concerts of music by black composers at Boston’s Museum of African American History under countertenor, conductor, and program curator, Reginald Mobley.

He is also a proud member of Emmanuel Music, with whom he has sung over fifty cantatas as an ensemble member or soloist, as well as performances of Bach’s Mattäus-Passion, a reconstructed version of Markus-Passion, and as a soloist in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. He has appeared under the direction of Ryan Turner, John Harbison, Michael Beattie, Brett Hodgdon, and David Angus. He will appear as a soloist in Emmanuel Music’s presentation of Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in the 2017-18 season.

Nationally, Mr. Perry has appeared with Spire Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Phoenicia International Festival of Voice, and as a guest soloist and masterclass clinician at Colorado State University, Louisiana State University, the College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Tennessee Wesleyan College, and Hamilton College, among others. In 2015 he was a last minute replacement in a concert of Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra under Kermit Poling, which was later broadcast on public radio stations across five states in the American south. He has sung for several seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. with whom he performed in their widely acclaimed performance at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City – featured by Minnesota Public Radio. Devoted to the art of song recital, recent programs include Schubert’s Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, Philip Rosseter’s 1601 Book of Ayres, Dvorák’s Cypresses, Christopher Berg’s Songs on Poems of Frank O’Hara and a recital of Australian art song at the Ballarat Art Gallery in Victoria, Australia in conjunction with the Australian Music Centre. An advocate for music by today’s composers, he has premiered works as a soloist and ensemble member in New England and abroad, including: Scott Farkas’s Moon in a Mason Jar – songs from a collection of poems by former Guggenheim-fellow Robert Wrigley set to music for percussion and voice, as part of the College of Southern Idaho’s Stage Door Series, Charles Stacy III’s A Rose Withered, a new hour-long cycle of songs for tenor and virtuoso piano based on A.E. Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, and James Piorkowski’s The Greatest of These for guitar and chamber ensemble [Nine: The Guitar and Beyond; Centaur, 2015]. Most recently, Mr. Perry can be heard as a contributing artist on The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler [Navona, Naxos Direct, 2016] and Cappella Clausura’s latest record, Exultet Terra: Choral Music of Hilary Tann[Navona, Naxos Direct, 2016].

Mr. Perry is currently the Artistic Director, conductor, and founding member of Renaissance Men, New England’s professional male vocal chamber ensemble. Formed in 2014 and already garnering an enthusiastic international audience, RenMen was recently featured in the Boston Globe for its dynamic programming and ambitious commissioning. Their musical retrospective concert, RenMen 1965, was seen at the Isabella Stewart Art Museum in Boston in the 2016-17 season. Their debut record, RenMen Laments was produced by Grammy-nominated producer and engineer, Chris Sclafani [Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5], and features the world premiere recording of Daniel E. Gawthrop’s The Promises of Isaiah the Prophet, commissioned by RenMen. It is anticipated to release in the 2017-18 season.

Additionally, he made guest conducting appearances with the Nashua Sings Choral Festival and the New Hampshire Music Educators Association All State Women’s Choir. In 2013 he was the interim director of Plymouth State University’s University Chorale, with whom he conducted Adriano Banchieri’s madrigal cycle Il Festino nella sera del giovedì grasso. No stranger to the stage, he has conducted and provided original orchestrations to such shows as Godspell!The Rocky Horror ShowCabaretThe Music ManHello, Dolly!, Chicago, and Hairspray, with longtime collaborator and arranger Jayson Keeton. In 2013 Mr. Perry was the musical director/rhythm guitarist for concurrent productions of Spring Awakening at Plymouth State University and Emerson College. In 2017 he served as chorusmaster for two performances of the Hans Zimmer Live international tour in the New England region.

Eric Christopher Perry now serves as Director of Choirs and Associate of Music in Voice (area head) at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He previously taught at the Phillips Academy in Andover, New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Plymouth State University, and the Academy of Performing and Creative Arts in Central New York. In 2011 he served as a visiting lecturer of musical theatre voice at Federation University Australia in Ballarat, Victoria. He is a proud member of American Choral Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, men’s national music fraternity. He is also the Executive Director of the Nahant Music Festival, an annual summer music festival in Boston’s North Shore founded by Donald Wilkinson which hosts a two-week vocal apprentice program for aspiring classical vocal artists. Mr. Perry received degrees in vocal performance at Fredonia State University and Arizona State University, and choral conducting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Thea Fenton Wheeler, Gerald Thomas Gray, David Britton, and Tony Thornton count amongst his mentors.

In his spare time, he enjoys folk music-oriented projects with friends, including the New Hampshire New Folk Preservation Project with composer Jay Mobley, and performances of original music with bassist and fellow Renaissance Men founder, Will Prapestis, as the folk-duo, ecp and the good diners. Their 2018 touring season includes a concert of new music, performed on historic U.S. Route 20, coast to coast.

www.ecpmusic.com

Courses Currently Teaching 2017-2018

MU093 B Applied Music: Ensemble, Noncredit (Chorale)
MU191 J1 Lessons: Credit
MU191 J2 Lessons: Credit
MU193 B Applied Music: Ensemble, Credit (Chorale)