Dr. Barbara Burdick, soprano, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and opera direction from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University. She has sung professionally with such opera companies as the Santa Fe Opera, the Washington Civic Opera, Opera Colorado, Goldovsky Opera Institute and Karlsrud Concerts Touring Opera. Her numerous concert appearances include a concert with composer Ned Rorem.
She has received numerous awards and scholarships from The University of Cincinnati, the Denver Lyric Opera Guild and the Aspen Music Festival and Allied Arts. In 1992 she was chosen to participate in the NATS Foundation Internship Program in Denton, Texas, where she studied with James McKinney and Barbara Doscher.
She has presented her research on the belt voice at numerous conventions: Wisconsin Music Educators Convention, the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Convention, the International Congress of Voice Teachers Convention and at the College Music Society’s Regional Conference. Her article on vocal techniques for music theatre was published in the Journal of Singing in January 2005. She has also presented on education topics at the Hawaii International Conference, the Michigan Academy and at Jeannette LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework seminar at Shenandoah University. She is certified in Somatic Voicework Level III.
Dr. Burdick has taught at Longwood College, Shenandoah Conservatory, St. Mary’s College, the University of Cincinnati, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Central Michigan University. Her students have often placed in NATS competitions throughout the United States including six winners in the Wisconsin and Michigan NATS Competitions in music theatre. Her Alma College students have received awards at NATS Competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015, including first place. She was an invited clinician for a master class at Mid-Michigan Singers in 2015.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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