Tenor Kerry Lee Jennings holds the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music Degrees from the University of Washington and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. His teachers have included Julian Patrick, Carmen Pelton, François Loup, and Gran Wilson. Dr. Jennings enjoys a career that encompasses opera, oratorio, recital, and chamber works. On the operatic stage, performance highlights include over forty lead and supporting roles comprised of early, standard and contemporary repertoire. Recent performances have included the premier of the opera Midsummer at Earlham College, David Arbury’s song cycle If I Shall Ever Return Home: Seven Chinese Poems in Phoenix, AZ, tenor soloist for Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the Houston Camerata, and Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria. As a concert soloist, he has appeared additionally in Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Schubert's Mass in G Major, The Seven Last Words of Christ by Dubois, The Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns, Kurt Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, and Fonseca’s Missa Afro-Brasileira.
An accomplished recitalist, Kerry is a strong advocate for song repertoire. Noted for his “beautiful voice, great diction, and uncanny sense of style and phrasing,” he particularly enjoys success in the performance of English language song. His recording with pianist Amanda Hopson, In My Memory: American Songs and Song Cycles, was released by Centaur Records in 2013. The recording features works by Libby Larsen, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, and Richard Pearson Thomas. Dr. Jennings was also a District Winner and Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Dr. Jennings' students are regularly winners at the state and regional levels of the Student Auditions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and other notable vocal competitions. Many have gone on to prestigious graduate programs and have also garnered praise for their work on stage in operatic and musical theater performances in summer programs and with professional companies throughout the US and Europe. He is also a respected clinician and adjudicator, having judged competitions such as Classical Singer and NATSAA. Dr. Jennings has taught at Frostburg State University and Towson University and was the Vocal Area Coordinator at Old Dominion University and Lamar University. He is now an Assistant Professor of Voice at DePauw University where he teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers and directs the Opera and Musical Theatre Scenes Programs. He is an active member of the College Music Society, Opera America, the National Opera Association, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.