Tenor Kerry Lee 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, recently singing the role of Ernesto in Sankt Anton, Austria.
His recording with pianist Amanda Hopson, In My Memory: American Songs and Song Cycles, was released by Centaur Records in 2014 and has been met with acclaim from both composers and critics alike. The recording features works by Libby Larsen, Tom Cipullo, Lori Laitman, and Richard Pearson Thomas. Libby Larsen has called Kerry’s recording of her cycle My Àntonia “the definitive reference performance for future performances.” He is also featured on recordings of composers David Arbury and Michael John Trotta and will release his second solo disc of American Song Cycles with works by Juliana Hall and Zachary Wadsworth in 2019. Dr. Jennings was 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 NATS Auditions. They have also won awards from the Metropolitan National Council, Classical Singer, the Orpheus Competition and others. Additionally, scenes under his stage and musical direction were chosen as finalists in the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition in 2013, ’14, and ‘15. He is a respected clinician and adjudicator, having judged competitions such as Classical Singer and NATSAA and is an active member of NATS, NOA, The Recording Academy, and Opera America. Dr. Jennings is currently an Associate Professor of Music at DePauw University and is on the faculty of the Austrian American Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria where he teaches voice and directs opera.