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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

American tenor, Kelly W. Burns, is an active performer of opera, musical theater, recital, and concert works throughout North America in vocal repertoire spanning from Claudio Monteverdi to living composers. Among his stage credits are leading and supporting roles in Mozart’s Don GiovanniCosì fan tutteDieZauberflöte, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Sondheim’s Sweeney Toddand A Little Night Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, and the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass andMagnificat, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s RequiemMass in C Minor, and Coronation Mass, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He has sung with opera companies and orchestras such as the Chautauqua Opera, Opera Roanoke, Memphis Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Chamber Opera, Opera Project Columbus, and the Oxford Shakespeare Festival. Kelly performs with LancasterChorale, the premiere professional choir in central Ohio. 


Art song recitals and chamber music balance Kelly’s stage and concert performance. Songs by North American and European composers for the basis of Kelly’s recital repertoire. Kelly’s interest in new music has led to World and American Premiers of songs and chamber works by living composers.


Kelly is also an active music director and conductor for musical theater and opera. Previous shows he has music directed include Hairspray, Man of La ManchaBeauty and the BeastThe Pirates of PenzanceA Year with Frog and Toad, and The Sound of Music. He has prepared choruses and/or scenes from The Magic Flute,Sweeney ToddDonGiovanniThe Ballad of Baby DoeDie FledermausLa TraviataLouise, and Maria Stuarda.   


Kelly teaches applied voice lessons and lyric diction at Ohio University. His voice students have enjoyed success at regional voice competitions and NATS auditions, often winning their categories or placing in finals. They have sung at several summer young artist programs in the domestically and abroad, and they have been admitted to prestigious music programs in the United States. 


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Educational Background:

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

Classes Being Taught:

MUS 5400 and 3400: Graduate and Undergraduate Voice

MUS 5752 and 3752: German Diction for Singers

MUS 5753 and 3753: French Diction for Singers

MUS 5750 and 3750: English and Italian Diction for Singers