Erin Burgess

Erin Burgess

Erin Burgess

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Teaching Philosophy

I believe music is such a powerful avenue for expression, and as a voice teacher, I find tremendous joy and satisfaction in helping students develop this outlet through singing. My goal as a voice teacher is to discover and develop the unique strengths and potential of each of my students, and to help them build a healthy vocal technique that enables them to produce their best possible sound and to communicate both text and music clearly. In training singers in all the many aspects of good vocal technique and performance, I seek to individualize my approach to each student, taking into account each’s unique voice, musical background, way of learning, and personality. I also work to promote trust in my relationship with students by keeping an approach that is honest, yet positive, constructive, and respectful.

Teaching Biography

Since 1998, Erin has maintained a private voice studio in Haverhill, MA, offering both individual and group instruction to students of diverse ages and ability levels. She works with students in a variety of musical styles, including classical, musical theater, contemporary, and jazz. Erin’s students have performed lead and supporting roles in community and high school music theater productions and have participated in choral festivals at the state and regional levels. Prior to coming to Massachusetts, Erin taught voice at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, the Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA, and at Quakertown High School in Quakertown, PA. In addition to teaching privately, Erin has also taught vocal and choral music at the elementary, middle, and secondary school levels. From 2010 to 2014, she taught vocal music at Bradford Christian Academy (MA) where she developed the high school choral program and served as vocal director for the high school musicals. Since 1998, Erin has also served as choir director at Ward Hill Church in Ward Hill, MA.

Performance Biography

Soprano Erin Burgess has been a featured soloist with numerous choral organizations, performing in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Hudson Valley Choral Society, the Brahms Requiem with the Rochester Oratorio Society Summer Sings (NY), Handel’s Messiah with the Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale and the Ward Hill Church Choir (MA), and Haydn’s Creation with the Pearce Memorial Church Choir (Rochester, NY). She has performed in several summer concert series with Longwood Opera and New England Light Opera (Boston, MA), with Music Arts Alive (NH), and in several premieres of cantatas by American composer Karen Green. Operatic roles have included the Nightingale and Fire in Ravel’s L’Enfant et Les Sortileges, the Lady with a Hand Mirror in Argento’s Postcards from Morocco, Gilda in Rigoletto, the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, Suor Genevieve in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Contessa Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Erin has also performed as an ensemble member in productions with Granite State Opera and the D’Oyly Carte Opera. In addition to performances in opera and oratorio, Erin has also been active as a recitalist and has participated in the recital series at Westminster-by-the-Sea Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach, FL and Madbury Congregational Church in NH.

Education

M.M. Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music; B.S. Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College