ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR

Dr. Adam Burdick is a conductor, teacher and singer with a reputation for inspiring novices and veterans alike to discover their inner musician. He teaches the College Choir and online music classes at North Seattle College, and teaches voice lessons privately and at the Dusty Strings Music School in Seattle. He’s a veteran faculty member at the Midsummer Musical Retreat in Walla Walla, where he has led a variety of vocal ensembles as well as the Rock Orchestra. His a cappella ensemble, the Evergreen Singers, has performed for several years in venues such as nursing and retirement homes, hospitals, and benefit concerts. He has conducted and directed choruses, opera, and musical theatre productions on the Olympic Peninsula and in the Seattle area, most recently for Shoreline Community College. He has performed in choral, operatic, and musical theatre productions across the country, including an amazing season of summer stock with College Light Opera on Cape Cod (9 different shows in 11 weeks!), several years with Seattle’s acclaimed Choral Arts Northwest, and several opera workshop productions with respected Baroque music specialist Stephen Stubbs.

 

Adam's teaching emphasizes study of the body and vocal technique, expressive musicality drawn from an ever-growing understanding of the music and text, and intentional connection between musicians and with audience members. He specializes in working with hesitant singers and those who struggle to match pitch, helping them to finally be able to sing confidently and well. A long-time student of the Alexander Technique, Adam has used its principles in his singing, conducting, and teaching. Adam was co-founder of the Dusty Strings Music School and its Director for five years, and is now developing Evergreen Creative Arts, a non-profit organization with the mission of fostering opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in musical and other arts. He has led many Sing-along events in the Puget Sound area, including several "Sing With Our Kids" family sing-alongs with his wife Lorraine (a long-time children's librarian and a member of the Seattle Opera Chorus). He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (BA Music, BA English Literature), the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (MM Choral Conducting), and the University of Washington (DMA Choral Conducting).

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