Adjunct Instructor of Music
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Dr. Elaina Burns is an adjunct instructor of music at Clarke University and the University of Dubuque as well as a private piano instructor, adjudicator, and clinician. She is the accompanist for Cantabile, Clarke’s women’s chorus. An active chamber musician, she collaborates frequently with faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and across the tri-state area. She encourages her students to improvise at the piano and to participate in chamber ensembles, and she founded Clarke University’s Annual Celebration of Chamber Music in 2011. She has served on the Waldorf Piano Camp keyboard faculty in Forest City, Iowa, since the summer of 2011, and in the summer of 2012, taught a special course in improvisation. Her doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy is from the University of Oklahoma and she also holds degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Delaware. Her doctoral document is entitled, “Jane Bastien’s Contributions to Piano Pedagogy,” and her article on Bastien Piano Basics was published in the March/April 2011 issue of Clavier Companion. Her piano teachers include Andrew Cooperstock, Christine Delbeau, Anne Epperson, Edward Gates, Jeongwon Ham, Philip Kawin, Julie Nishimura, and Stephen Perry. Dr. Burns has established private piano studios and has served as a church musician in five states; she is currently on the keyboard staff at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She lives in Dubuque with her husband and frequent collaborator, conductor Brian Burns, and their son, Daniel.