Lon Beery

Alfred Author-Lon Beery
(1958– )

Dr. Lon Beery is the chorus director at Spry Middle School in Webster, New York, where he directs six choruses totaling 500 students. Dr. Beery has composed or arranged over 50 published choral pieces which appear in the catalogues of Alfred, BriLee, and others. His TTBB composition I Believe was performed by the U.S Army Chorus at President Ronald Reagan's internment service in California. For his compositions, he has received several ASCAP Standard Awards. He has also written several articles which have appeared in the Choral Journal and the Music Educators Journal and has presented sessions at state, regional, and national conferences of ACDA and MENC. He currently serves as the Middle School Chair for New York ACDA.

Prior to returning to public school teaching, Dr. Beery served as Assistant Professor of Music Education at Syracuse University where he served as Chair of Music Education. At Syracuse University, Dr. Beery taught choral and general music methods courses and directed the SU Men's Glee Club. Beery has also taught Choral Arranging at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He is a frequent guest choral conductor, working especially with adolescent choruses. He has directed middle school honors choirs in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.