With an extraordinarily broad vocal range and natural fluency in a wide range of musical styles, Terry Barber is a performer in a class by himself. He’s been featured on some of the world’s most storied stages and has worked with many of the music industry’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and producers. Whether performing opera, jazz or popular favorites, he breathes new life into everything he sings and crafts what the Los Angeles Times calls “performances of great vitality and verve.”
As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Terry was called “...the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown...” With them, he worked his way through the repertoire, performing opera, classical, gospel, jazz and folk music in a dozen languages at over a hundred concerts around the globe.
In 2002, Terry joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their staging of “Sly,” starring Placido Domingo. He made his New York City Opera debut in 2001 in “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” and covered Daniel Taylor in the NYC Opera’s production of Handel’s “Rinaldo” starring David Daniels. In summer of 2002 he performed at the International Spoleto Festival both the Spirit and the Witch in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.”
Terry made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004 singing the role of Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus” with the National Chorale under Martin Josman. That year he was also featured with the Portland Baroque Orchestra in Handel’s “Messiah” under the direction of Nicholas Kramer and with the New Trinity Baroque Orchestra of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” (with Evellyn Tubb) which prompted the Atlanta Journal Constitution to rave that “...his grasp of the texts and elegant phrasing made for charismatic singing.”
His ongoing projects include recordings with longtime collaborator and clarinetist, Lone Madsen with whom he has performed for music industry executives at the studio of Bryan Adams in London and Prince Alexander Schaumberg-Lippe at Castle Bueckeburg in Germany.
In 2009, Terry founded Artist for a Cause, a non-profit corporation created to organize collaborations between artists and the charities they support. The group’s first project, “A Sacred Journey” features Terry singing music of various faiths to benefit houses of worship. This tour will begin in early 2010.
Terry received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and did graduate work at London’s Trinity College of Music where he was awarded a masters degree in music performance and related studies. He also holds an undergraduate certificate in musical theater and received a post-graduate performance certificate with highest distinction.