A native of Westchester, New York, Mr. Barnabus M. C. Perry is a magna cum laude graduate of America’s Oldest Black Institution of Higher Education, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837); where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Mr. Perry is a national and international artist, performing and recording on world-renowned stages such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Grand Ole Opry House (Nashville, Tennessee), Christ Church Cathedral (Nassau, Bahamas) and Andrew W. Melon Auditorium (Washington D.C.).

Musically, at Cheyney University, Barnabus Perry was under the vocal studio of Dr. Sebronette Barnes-Aborom, tutelage of Professor Damon H. Dandridge, and Professor Marques L. A. Garrett’s choral direction. He has also studied music and is affiliated with Tuckahoe High School (Eastchester, New York), Concordia College Conservatory of Music & Art (Bronxville, New York), and Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina).

barnabus perryAt Cheyney University, Barnabus was an active member of the Keystone Honors Academy (KHA), Cheyney University Concert Choir (CUCC), Cheyney University Gospel Choir (CUGC) as president, and the Department of Residence Life & Housing as Head Resident Advisor. Mr. Perry has competed and placed in various competitions in which would include The New York State School of Music Association (NYSSMA). Barnabus is also affiliated with the 105 Voices of History National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Concert Choir (105 VOH) holding the national secretary chair position on the Student Leadership Council, National and International Vocal Ensembles, Student and Conductor’s Leadership Summit, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in Opera, and etc.

Along with work on the opera, recital, and concert stages, Mr. Perry has been a presenter in educational programs such as P.S. 112 (Bronx, NY) with Phipps After-School Program. Also, under the auspices of Youth Theatre Interactions Inc. (Yonkers, NY), Martin Luther King Jr., Academy, Early College High School, and P.S. 15; all in which are located in Yonkers, New York.

One of Mr. Perry’s ultimate goals is to further his education and achieve a PhD in a music area and become a music educator at a Historically Black College or University. Currently, Mr. Perry is pursuing his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Messiah College, teaching private music lessons and teaching choral music at Youth Theatre Interactions Inc., which is an organization where he has been affiliated since 2011. He is also currently singing with the notable Riverside Choral Society of New York City preparing for their upcoming concert Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, New York).

About The Riverside Choral Society:

The Riverside Choral Society, entering its 35th season, is a vital presence in the cultural life of New York City. Under the baton of director Patrick Gardner, the group has performed major works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert, Haydn, Britten, Pärt, Fauré, Orff, Stravinsky, Schnittke, and many others in New York City’s most exciting performance venues.

Riverside Choral Society is preparing for their upcoming concert April 25, 2015 at Lincoln Center, where they will be performing Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Dvo?ák’s Te Deum. These two, big, romantic-era blockbusters will be presented with full orchestra. For information on our exciting concert season, please see www.riversidechoral.org and to order concert tickets.