TCC Performing Arts Institute

As the centerpiece for music and arts education outreach for TCC, the Performing Arts Institute blends music performance, music education, and community involvement. Through the Signature Symphony at TCC and its associated ensembles, the Performing Arts Institute develops programs to support and enhance arts in education opportunities in the public schools, continuing education programs for adults, and the annual TulsaFest Festival of the Arts for middle and high school students.


Dr. Barry Epperley

Dr. Barry Epperley, Director of the Performing Arts Institute at TCC, has been the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Signature Symphony (formerly the Oklahoma Sinfonia) since its founding in 1979. He has shared the joys of live music with both players and patrons alike through a delightful mix of classics, pops, jazz, and big band works for each Concert Series.

Epperley’s experience includes working as an arranger/producer for music ensembles such as Disneyland’s Kids of the Kingdom for the Disney Corporation, serving in the White House under three administrations as conductor of the United States Army Chamber Orchestra, serving as director of the Oral Roberts University Orchestra and Chamber Singers for 18 years, and founding the Performing Arts Institute at Tulsa Community College, through which he coordinates the annual TulsaFest Festival of the Arts and other arts in education programs for the College.

Epperley holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from Oklahoma State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California.

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