Dr John Burge

Dr. John Burge (b.1961) holds degrees in Composition and Theory from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.  He obtained his Associate Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Piano Performance while still in high school in Calgary.  Since 1987 he has been teaching at the recently renamed Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University, where he holds the position of Full Professor.

A prolific composer of solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music, he has also composed an opera and finds himself increasingly drawn to music for the theatre.  Academic honours include a Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research in 2013 and, for both his success as a composer and service to the Arts in Canada, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2014.

A Juno-winning composer with a large number of works for choir and orchestra, his music is regularly performed across Canada and internationally.  He is a member of the Red Leaf Pianoworks’ composers collective, and a number of his piano compositions can be found on conservatory syllabi.

A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he was a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian League of Composers for fourteen years, holding the position of President from 1998-2006 and currently sits on the SOCAN Foundation board.  Burge enjoys working with young musicians and is in demand as a music festival adjudicator in the areas of piano and composition.  For more information do check out: www.johnburge.ca