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 Orchestra, City Choir of Washington, Choralis, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia. The 2018/19 season included performing the role of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Roanoke, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with American University Chorus, Händel's Messiah with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff's The Bells with Spokane Symphony, Faure's Requiem with Eugene Concert Choir, Kodaly's Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival, Bach's B minor mass with City Choir of Washington, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Choralis and Durfle's Requiem with the Washington Chorus. The 2019/20 season includes appearances with The Washington Chorus in Mozart’s Requiem, the National Philharmonic in Einhorn’s Voices of Light and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, the INSeries as King Herod in L’Enfance du Christ and the featured soloist in the world premiere of Kohelet, a new work by Washington, DC based composer, Henry Dehlinger, with the Santa Clara (CA) Chorale.
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). Highlights during the 2017/18 season included performances with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bach's Magnificat, Händel's Messiah with Austin Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Fairfax Symphony and as a featured artist in a Bernstein & Friends concert with Close Encounters with Music in the Berkshires.
Kerry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.M.) and George Mason University (M.A.).
He is married to soprano, Danielle Talamantes.