Officer of Liberace Foundation Dr. Mark Wherry Recognized by Board of Regents

Secretary Treasurer and long-serving board member is re-confirmed for another term, as he receives prestigious Regents Award for Creative Activities for 2020


Dr Mark Wherry and Mrs Elena Wherry at Thriller Villa

Dr. Mark Wherry and Mrs. Elena Wherry at Thriller Villa

Dr. Mark Wherry has served on the Board of Directors of the Liberace Foundation since 2013, making him one of the few to outlast the challenges the Foundation endured in 2013 and 2014.  The Liberace Foundation congratulates Dr. Wherry on capturing this prestigious award.

“This Foundation would not have survived without the stalwart support of my good friend Dr. Mark Wherry,” Says Chairman Jonathan Warren, “He was undaunted by the challenges we faced when he joined the board, and is absolutely instrumental in its success today.  Mark’s spectacular talent and dedication are undeniable, which is why the Board of Directors of the Liberace Foundation just renewed him for another term in office.  We thank and congratulate Dr. Wherry as we applaud this important award.”

Announcement from the College of Southern Nevada:

The College of Southern Nevada is pleased to announce that faculty member Dr.
Mark Wherry, has received the Regent’s Award for Creative Activities for 2020. Dr.
Wherry among a select few of CSN professors who have won this award since it’s
inception in 1993.

The Board of Regents established the Regents’ Award for Creative Activities and
presents the award annually to one faculty member at one of Nevada’s four-year
institutions. The award recognizes significant accomplishments that bring national
and international recognition to the Nevada System of Higher Education. The
honoree receives a $5,000 stipend and a medal.

Mark Wherry is the Director of Vocal Music at CSN where he conducts the CSN
Chamber Chorale and Jazz Singers. He also teaches private and class voice and Jazz
Appreciation. The CSN Jazz Singers were awarded 2nd place in the Community
College Division at the Reno Jazz Festival in 2018. In 2017 The CSN choirs
performed “Music of the Game of Thrones” with the Game of Thrones composer
Ramin Djawadi at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and music from the film “The
Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman at Caesar’s Palace. In 2015 Mark was one of
a select group of teachers chosen as a quarter finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music
Educator Award. Dr. Wherry is also the Director of Music at Mountain View
Presbyterian Church and serves on the Executive Board of the Liberace Foundation
as secretary.

As an alumnus of the prestigious BMI Music Theater Workshop in New York, his
music was featured in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway musical review “It’s
That Time of Year.” Dr. Wherry has composed the following musicals “It’s Only
Business” (CSN), “We’re Here for You” (Las Vegas Fringe Festival) and “Mister
Wives” (Onyx Theater). He appears regularly at The Composer’s Showcase at the
Smith Center, presenting his unique comedy material. His most recent work, a
parody of tenor shows titled “Baritones of Love”, was awarded “Best of the Fringe”
at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival in 2019. Dr. Wherry received his doctorate in choral
conducting and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, Masters of
Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Music
from Hastings College.

One thought on “Officer of Liberace Foundation Dr. Mark Wherry Recognized by Board of Regents

  1. Best Wishes.

    Like Lee’s tree hidden heating system to keep the back yard a warm 70, you have kept things heated up for his memory and foundation.

    I miss him daily, and cooking for me. Keep up the good work. My best always and only…

    Mr. James L. Managhan, Jr.

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