John Wilkerson voice
John Wilkerson - Voice
John Wilkerson received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (now Shenandoah University.) He completed his graduate work in vocal performance at the State University of New York and placed third in the Metropolitan Opera competition. At the college, high school, and grade school levels, he taught voice classes, private voice, music theory, music appreciation, choir and band. He wrote curriculum, served as head of the Music Dept., and directed many theatrical productions. As an athlete who also coached tennis and football, he instills in all of his students the discipline and drive to attain their personal best. In professional theatre, he has produced, directed and designed numerous musicals and plays. As a performer, John is not only known for his vocal prowess, but for his acting skills and ability to convey the emotion and meaning of a piece with amazing subtlety. Broadway: a starring role in "Abby's Song," "State Fair" with John Davidson, Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, and "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby. National tours: "Brigadoon" with John Schneider, "Man of La Mancha" with Ed Ames, "State Fair", and "Peter Pan." In the national tour of "South Pacific" he understudied Michael Nouri, and then Robert Goulet in the role of "Emile" and was privileged to play the role many times, receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim. John was also noted for his portrayal of the President of the United States in the political drama "Conflict of Interest" at the much-honored New Federal Theatre in Manhattan. He has enjoyed starring roles in several world premieres and in many regional productions including "Don Quixote" in "Man of La Mancha." "Frederick" in "A Little Night Music," "Daddy Warbucks" in "Annie," "Henry Higgins" in "My Fair Lady," "Ben Stone" in "Follies," and "Tevye" in "Fiddler on the Roof." He is very proud to have played "Emile" in the Dallas Theatre Center production of "South Pacific" which was nationally acclaimed. He has appeared in numerous operas and operettas, with philharmonics and chamber orchestras and in the City Center Encores! Series.