Debra Terry began learning the violin under the guidance of her music teacher and mother, Cheryl Terry. Debra lived overseas with her military family during her formative years, attending numerous violin workshops in Germany, Ireland, and Belgium. While in Germany, Debra was invited to perform with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of six. However, Debra’s most magical moment was her solo violin performance at Carnegie Hall in 1998 during a performance with her Coronado High School Symphony Orchestra.
She recently joined a tour of The Mikado
and Pirates of Penzance
with the Gilbert & Sullivan Players of New York in the spring of 2011. Previously, Debra played with many Michigan orchestras including the Jackson Symphony, the Midland Symphony, the Saginaw/Bay City Symphony, the Lansing Symphony, and the Flint Symphony. She enjoyed performing as a regional contract musician with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has lent her talent to the phenomenal vocals of Josh Groban.
Debra earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance in 2003 from Michigan State University, and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Performance and certification in long-term Suzuki Teacher Training from the University of New Mexico.
Debra currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and enjoys occasional solo performances, performing as a first-violin section player in The Santa Fe Symphony, as well as a substitute violinist with the New Mexico Philharmonic. She teaches violin using the Suzuki method in her own private studio and through the University of New Mexico Suzuki Lab School.