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Brian Burns

Assistant Professor of Music
Office: 111 EKH 
Mail Stop: 1528 
Phone: 6412 

Degrees Held:

B.A. University of Delaware
M.M. University of Northern Colorado

Areas of Expertise:
Choral Music, Music Education

About Brian:

Brian Burns currently serves as an assistant professor of music at Clarke University, in Dubuque, Iowa.  He directs the Clarke Collegiate Singers, Cantabile, and the Clarke Schola (a chamber ensemble he founded in the Fall of 2011) and teaches courses in conducting, music education, music history, and music theory. His choirs at Clarke have premiered many new works, including several by Clarke’s talented composition students and faculty. The Clarke Collegiate Singers also commissioned and premiered a major new work, the Requiem aeternam, of British composer Tim Knight. 
In addition to his duties at Clarke, Burns is Minister of Music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, also in Dubuque, and an active member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the College Music society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Prior to his appointment at Clarke, he was on the faculties of Wayne State College and Oklahoma City Community College.  His articles and reviews have been published in the Choral Journal, and he is an active clinician and adjudicator. He will soon complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oklahoma (where he is conducting research on American composer Horatio Parker) and holds degrees from the Universities of Northern Colorado and Delaware.  He lives in Dubuque with his wife, Clarke pianist Elaina Burns, and their son, Danny.


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