Adjunct Assistant Professor, Double Bass
Brian Perry, the newest member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra double bass section, joined the music faculty in the SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he had been a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 2004. Perry has performed as a guest with the Cleveland Orchestra and regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. An active collaborator, Perry is a frequent guest artist with pianist Buddy Bray for the Van Cliburn Foundation’s Musical Awakenings Educational Concert Series and performs locally on the Spectrum Chamber Music series; as bassist for the Caminos del Inka Ensemble; and as a member of the Funkytown All-Stars, an all-double bass quartet based in Fort Worth. In 2010, Perry performed his transcription of William Bolcom's Graceful Ghost Rag for the composer himself in an all-Bolcom program at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Perry also performed with the Vermeer String Quartet and pianist Natalie Zhu in the Bay Chamber Concerts series in Rockport, Maine.
Perry earned his music degrees from Boston University and the University of North Texas. His principal teachers include Larry Moore, Jeff Bradetich and Edwin Barker. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, and Texas Wesleyan University, and is a board member of the Bradetich Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the double bass as a solo instrument. Committed to educating and mentoring young bassists, he has additionally served as a judge for the Texas Christian University Bass Fest orchestral competition and, since 2010, has been the double bass instructor at the highly acclaimed Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Maine, one of the nation’s premier summer orchestral training programs for high school students.
Perry and his wife, Kathryn, a Fort Worth Symphony violinist, have two lovely daughters, Madeleine and Margaret.