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J.D. Burnett

Assoc. Director of Choral Activities
Area Chair

Conducting Area Chair

J.D. Burnett enjoys a varied career as a conductor, singer, and teacher. He is Associate Professor of Music and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he conducts the University Chorus, Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Glee Club, and UGA Choral Project, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral literature, and serves as chair of the conducting area. Additionally, Burnett is the founding Artistic Director of Kinnara, Atlanta’s premier professional chamber choir, and Artistic Director Designate of Orpheus Chamber Singers in Dallas, a post he will assume in January 2022. Burnett is also the Director of Music at Oconee Street United Methodist Church in Athens, GA.

Formerly, he served as Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, Associate Conductor of the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, Acting Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, and conductor of the New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble. Earlier posts include Interim Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, Music Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, and Founder of Men’s Consort Houston. Burnett taught high school at Kingwood and Humble High Schools in Houston, TX. He also served as Choral Editor at McGraw-Hill, Inc. 

Burnett did undergraduate study at Stanford University and Oklahoma State University. He holds advanced degrees in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College and the University of North Texas.

As a professional choral singer, Burnett has performed seasons, concerts, and recordings with the Stillwater Chamber Singers, Cantare Houston, Fuma Sacra, Taylor Festival Choir, Robert Shaw Festival Singers, Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Conspirare.

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Formerly, he served as Assistant Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, conducted New Jersey Youth Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble, was Associate Conductor of the Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, and was Acting Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University.  His earlier posts include Interim Director of Choral Activities at San Jose State University, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, Music Director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, and Founder/Conductor of Men’s Consort Houston. Burnett taught on the choral music faculty at Kingwood High School in suburban Houston.  He also served as Choral Editor at McGraw-Hill, Inc.

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