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Kelly W. Burns

Assistant Professor of Voice

373 Robert Glidden Hall
(740) 593-4235

Office Hours:

Fri: 9:00 - 10:30

Kelly W. Burns

Assistant Professor of Voice

     Kelly W. Burns has performed in opera, concert, musical theater, and recital throughout the eastern United States and in Germany with repertoire spanning over 400 years. He has performed with companies such as Opera Roanoke, Chautauqua Opera, the Charleston Chamber Opera, Opera Project Columbus, Mississippi Opera, the Little Orchestra Society of New York, and the symphony orchestras of Memphis, Mississippi, Roanoke, and Tupelo, among others. Upcoming performance include Carmina Burana and Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins. Recent engagements have included performances of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio and Bach's Magnificat. His operatic and musical theater credits include leading and character roles such as Tamino, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Belmonte, Pedrillo, Nemorino, Frederic, the Witch, Der Steuermann, Le théière, Le Remendado, the Beadle, and Mr. Snow. Concert credits include tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bernstein’s Chichester PsalmsMozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, and Orff's Carmina Burana. Kelly’s interest in new music has led to many world premieres of works by living composers in Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

     Kelly holds a BM in voice performance and an MM in voice performance and choral conducting from the University of Mississippi. He is currently completing the DMA in Voice at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Educational Background:

ABD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro BM and MM, University of Mississippi

Classes Being Taught:

MUS 3400 and 5400: Applied Voice Lessons (Undergraduate and Graduate)

MUS 4585 and 5584: Vocal Pedagogy Survey

MUS 3921 and 5921: Practicum in Vocal Pedagogy

MUS 3754 and 5754: Vocal Coaching