American mezzo-soprano Cherry Duke is an acclaimed singing actress, facile in opera, oratorio, recital, cabaret and musical theater. In addition to singing principal roles with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Tampa, Fort Worth Opera and Los Angeles Opera, she is a featured soloist with orchestras in classical and pops concerts, including appearances at CarnegieHall and Avery Fisher Hall.
As a teacher and clinician, Ms. Duke has served on the voice faculty of Bay View Music Festival and as a vocal solo coach for Innovative Music Camps. She has given master classes at Indiana Wesleyan University, Bethany College, Salisbury University and the University of Alabama. She is currently on the voice faculty at the University of Texas at El Paso where she also directs theopera workshop.
Concurrent with her active performing and teaching career, Ms. Duke operated YourType Arts Partners, which she founded in 1998. Specializing in the promotional needs of performing artists and arts organizations, Ms. Duke utilized her keen attention to detail, understanding of user experience and audience connection to craft creative and professional promotional and collateral materials including Websites.
Today, Ms. Duke combines her experience as a professional classical singer and teacher with her marketing acumen and offers consulting and seminars on the business side of the arts. She has lead seminars on the business of music at Bay View Music Festival, University of Iowa, University of Virginia, New York University, University of Texas at El Paso, Webster University and the University of Alabama, to name a few.
A Texas native, Cherry Duke was graduated summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University. She received her graduate degree in Opera Performance from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Cherry is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the American Guild of Musical Artists and Actor’s Equity Association.