Terry Barber is a rare countertenor with an extraordinarily broad vocal range and natural fluency in many musical styles. He has 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, producers, and conductors. His recorded voice has appeared on every major record label, with Grammy-winning artists such as Chanticleer, Madonna, Jewel, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Smith, and many more. Barber has worked under the baton of some of the world’s most accomplished conductors including Armiliato, Leonhardt, Rousset, Parrot, Norrington, Kramer, Llewellyn, Bicket, and Tilson Thomas. Whether performing classical 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.”
Following incredible success at Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall for the international “Art-November” festival last year, Terry was asked to entertain at the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. this season for the anniversary of Tretyakov Arts Magazine. He completed a 50-date USA national tour of his entertaining “Classical for Everyone” program as a member of the Live On Stage roster, and has been asked to perform at the Library of Congress this season. Additionally, Mr. Barber’s is one of ten new tours selected by the Department of Culture, and approved by the Senate, to represent the state of Florida for their touring roster.
As a member of the multiple Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Terry was hailed, “...the jewel in Chanticleer’s crown...” while performing opera, classical, gospel, jazz and folk music in a dozen languages at more than a hundred concerts around the globe. 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 in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” Terry made his debut at Carnegie Hall singing the role of Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus” with the National Chorale under Martin Josman. 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 Evelyn Tubb) which prompted the Atlanta Journal Constitution to rave that “...his grasp of the texts and elegant phrasing made for charismatic singing” and “Barber has star quality”.
In 2009, Terry founded Artist for a Cause Inc., a non-profit organization which helps visual and performing artists to use their talent for community improvement. His personal performance project for the organization, “A Sacred Journey” features Terry singing sacred music in the baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano ranges by the most recognized composers through time. The U.S. tour began in early 2010, will have its 41st performance this year, and has raised thousands of dollars for community outreach.
Terry received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance as well as a Musical Theater Certificate from Northwestern University. He received his Master of Music degree in historically informed performance from London’s Trinity College of Music where he also received a post-graduate performance certificate with highest distinction. Immediately following the completion of his degree, Terry was hired to teach advanced vocal ensembles at Trinity College, while simultaneously touring England with the Kent Opera.