Dr. Iris Perry joined the William Paterson University Department of Music in February 2013 as Director of Music Admissions and Recruitment. She is currently Executive Director of the William Paterson Academy of Music (WPAM), a music school offering classes and lessons for pre-college and adults students taught by Department of Music faculty and graduate students. Information about WPAM is available HERE. An avid arts and business administrator, Iris has held marketing and public relations positions at corporations such as Lucent Technologies and Avaya Inc. and not-for profit organizations such as Bloomington Early Music Festival and Lotus World Arts Festival.
An accomplished classical pianist, Iris has performed to high acclaim as a recitalist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and soloist with orchestras throughout Austria, Holland, Romania, former Soviet Republics and the United States. She holds a Doctorate of Music from Indiana University, a Master of Music from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.
Strongly committed to music education, Dr. Perry a frequent adjudicator at Music Teachers National Association, National Guild Auditions and Music Educators Association and is currently also a professor at Bergen Community College. She has also taught at Yale, Indiana, Monmouth and Montclair State Universities, the JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ and the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, NJ.
Dr. Perry's doctoral dissertation on George Enescu: His Pianism and Solo Piano Works led to an invitation to the 2011 George Enescu Musicology Symposium of the George Enescu Music Festival in Bucharest, Romania, to serve as a guest lecturer. More information can be found at: www.ucmr.org.ro. Dr. Perry's publication from the symposium can be found HERE. Recently, Dr. Perry's piano playing of George Enescu's Andante molto espressivo from his Piano Sonata Op. 24 No. 1 in F# minor was featured as background music in a BBC radio (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01wf9fj) and web film documentary (https://vimeo.com/89371469).