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Charlene Helen Berry

Charlene Helen Berry, librarian, musician. Ordained music minister. Recipient Performance award Silver Springs Dulciner Society, 1988, 89, 90, Interat. Order of Merit, American Society of Composers, Ronald Reagan award, 2004, Star of Stars Music award, 2006, Silver medal, Christian Music Connection, 2006; named International Woman of Year, 1992-1993, Most Admired Woman of Decade, Businesswoman of Year, 2003, 04.


  • Berry, Charlene Helen was born on January 4, 1947 in Highland Park, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Harold Terry and Mattie Lou (Colvin) Berry.

  • Education

    • Biosystems Engineering, Wayne University, 1968. Master of Arts, Wayne University, 1970. Master of Library Science, Wayne University, 1974.

      Diploma, Howard School Broadcast Arts, 1992. Diploma, Irene's Myomassology Institute, 1997. Doctor of Ministry (honorary), University Seminary Church, 1998.

      Doctor of Divinity, Destiny Christian University, 07.


    • Library. assistant Wayne State University, Detroit, 1970-1974. Library serials cataloger State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1975-1979. Cataloger Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan, since 1980.

      Organist various area churches, Detroit, since 1981, 1st Church of Christ, Wyandotte, Michigan, since 1986. Music minister Gospel Light House Ministries, Detroit, since 1991. Scholar, performer, teacher hammer dulcimer, since 1986.

      Library consultant Superior Township (Michigan) Library. Board, 1989-1991; host Charlene Berry's Dulcimer World, Station WCAR, Garden City, Michigan, WALE, Providence, Rhode Island, WLLZ 560 AM, Southfield, Michigan, since 1997, Station WPON AM 1460, Southfield, Michigan, since 1997.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained music minister.


    • Composer: Dulcimer Delights, 1991, Marches, Waltzes, Free Compositions, 1993, Dulcimer Praise, 1993, Fruits of the Spirit, 1993, Dulcimer Suits and Trreats, 2005, Dulcimer Inspirations, 2005, Old Village Dulcimer Collection, 2006, Little Collection of Music for all Occasion,s for Hammer Dulcimer and Other Instruments, 2006. Solo recordings: Traditional Dulcimer, 1989, Christmas Dulcimer, 1989, Sacred Dulcimer, 1990, Dulcimer Fun, 1991, Dulcimer Praise, 1993, Fruits of the Spirit, 1993, Dulcimer Americana, 1994, Joy, Peace Healing, 1998, Hymns of Prayer and Praise, 1999, Appalachia, 2006, Nine Eleven, 2006. (video) Hammering the Hammer Dulcimer, 1994, Music of Light/Light and Life, 1995, Under der Linden, 1996, Joy, Peace, Healing, 1998, Hymms of Prayer and Praise, 1999.

      Performed Carnegie Hall, 2006, Ellipse of the White House, 2006.


    President Library. Staff Association, State University of New York, 1978-1979. Church library Church Boards Committees, Long Island, Detroit, since 1975. Board directors Livonia Symphony Society.

    Performing artist Michigan Touring Arts Agency, since 1994. Fellow International Biographical Association (life). American Biographical Institute (Woman of Year 1993).

    Member American Association of University Women, American Library Association, National Association of Female Executives, American Biographical Research Association (honorary deputy governor), Business and Professional Women, American Society of Notaries, American Federation Musicians, American Guild Organists (board directors 1985-1988), Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Lutheran Church Musicians Guild, Order Eastern Star, Kappa Delta Pi.
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    Born January 4, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1968
      Wayne University
    • 1970
      Wayne University
    • 1974
      Wayne University
    • 1992
      Howard School Broadcast Arts
    • 1997
      Irene's Myomassology Institute
    • 1998
      University Seminary Church
    • 2007
      Destiny Christian University
    • 1970 - 1974
      Library assistant, Wayne State University
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1975 - 1979
      library serials cataloger State University of New York
      Stony Brook, New York, United States
    • 1980
      cataloger Madonna University
      Livonia, Michigan, United States
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