Pianist Perry Mears performs regularly throughout the Midsouth and across the country. Frequent collaborators include mezzo-soprano Loralee Songer, soprano Sabrina Warren, flutist John McMurtery, and the Memphis-based ensemble Luna Nova. Previously on the faculty at Lee University, he has also been on the musical staff of the Schumann Liederfest in Zwickau, Germany. Known for his commitment to new music, Dr. Mears has premiered many works by a host of exciting composers, including Robert Patterson, Armando Bayolo, and Dan Lazarescou. He has collaborated with singers in master classes with renowned artists such as Thomas Hampson, Steven Blier, Jennifer Larmore, Renate Faltin, and Carol Kimball. As an opera and musical theater coach, his credits include Carmen, Susannah, Patience, My Fair Lady, The Old Maid and the Thief, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and the workshop premiere of Kirke Mechem’s The Newport Rivals.
Receiving his DMA from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, Dr. Mears previously completed his M.M. in Collaborative Piano at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. His other primary teachers include Cathal Breslin, Michael Wittenburg, and Phillip Thomas. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School where he was part of the prestigious Collaborative Artist Program. He currently resides in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he maintains an active teaching and performing career and teaches music history at St. Ambrose University. He also serves as the music director for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and coordinates their performing arts series, Music@St. Pete's.