Darryl Glenn Nettles, a native of New York, was granted a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. While in Illinois he was a student of Mignon Dunn of the Metropolitan Opera. He also studied with Heinz Rehfuss of the Paris National Theatre and with the renowned artist William Warfield.
In addition to his vocal studies, Darryl studied composition with Salvatore Martirano and has written countless vocal, choral, and instrumental works. He is the author of African American Concert Singers Before 1950 (McFarland and Company, Inc.).
Darryl has appeared with Opera Sacra of Buffalo, New York, the Western New York Opera, was an apprentice with the Greater Miami Opera, and most recently appeared with the Buffalo Opera Unlimited Company of New York. As tenor soloist Darryl performed with the Heartland Symphony of Minnesota, the Buffalo Philharmonic of New York, and the Nashville Symphony of Tennessee. He also served as rehearsal accompanist with Maestro Julius Rudel, the internationally celebrated conductor of opera.
Darryl coached and performed with the legendary jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams and was chosen by her as featured soloist for the Western New York premiere of her jazz mass. His CD Reminiscing, a collection of jazz standards, was released in the fall of 2000. On the recording Darryl is both vocalist and pianist. A new CD project is in the making at present and will also feature jazz music.
Darryl is currently Coordinator of Vocal/Choral Studies in the Department of Music at Tennessee State University in Nashville. Prior to this appointment he served as Chairman of the Music Department and Coordinator of the Humanities/Fine Arts Division at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota.\
Darryl teaches applied voice, opera history, opera workshop, choral conducting, vocal techniques, and vocal methods and conducts the University Choir and Meistersingers.