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Queen's University



John Burge - Composition


Dr. John Burge (b. 1961, Dryden, Ontario) grew up in Calgary and holds degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of Toronto (B.Mus. and M.Mus.) and the University of British Columbia (D.M.A.). Since 1987 he has been teaching at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he currently holds the position of Full Professor. Although his musical reputation is based largely on his compositions, he did obtain his Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music while in high school and has continued to perform throughout his career. He has composed a large body of chamber and orchestral compositions but is particularly well known for his choral music. His composition, Angels’ Voices, for choir and orchestra, received the 2006 Outstanding New Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and was performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005.  The recording of his work, Flanders Fields Reflections, by Sinfonia Toronto on the Marquis Classics label, received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition. A passionate advocate for Canadian music he was a member of the Executive of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007, serving as President from 1998-2006. He is currently a member of the SOCAN Foundation board of directors.


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