Percussionist, Vocalist and Composer
Timothy Berry began singing in his father’s church at age 5 and has played hand drums since age 12. His eclectic performance venues include his band, Soul Drums; Leigh Morris Chorale; Paula Mann Dance; Minnesota State University Repertory Dance Theater; The Heart of The City Band; Traveled Ground; and a series of diverse Master Classes and school presentations that emphasize African American Music and History.
In 2009 Timothy was a winner in the Essentially Choral Competition for emerging American composers sponsored by VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum. He has composed music for dance, churches, and his Soul Drums group. Timothy is on the Vocal Essence Witness Artist Roster, and as a clinician he has conducted workshops for drumming, choral music, and presentations in schools and universities on issues surrounding race, black culture, and race relations.
Timothy has performed nationally as a singer, actor, and percussionist; including August Wilson's Fences, and Black Nativity with Penumbra Theater, and La Boheme with the Minnesota Opera. He has also performed with Grammy Award winner, Larnelle Harris. Timothy has recorded music on a variety of CDs, from Gospel to Caribbean including his Soul Drums series, which stems from West African, Caribbean and African American music traditions.
Timothy holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Mankato State University and a Master's degree in Music Education with an emphasis in multicultural music from The University of Minnesota. He currently teaches K-6 vocal and classroom music at Meadowbrook Elementary in the Hopkins School District.