Soprano and Violinist Samantha Burke, is a recent BA graduate of Bard College where she studied classical voice with New York Times acclaimed tenor, Rufus Müller and violin with American Symphony Concertmaster, Erica Kiesewetter. She also studied closely with renowned Hungarian musicologist Peter Laki, to develop both a thesis on the opera, Otello, from Desdemona’s point of view and a concert lecture series focused on making opera accessible to audiences. She is a frequent scholarship recipient and has won awards in local Georgia and New York competitions. In past years, she has performed in the Sydney Opera House with the Atlanta Young Singers, she was as a soloist with the American Symphony, portrayed principal roles for the Miami Opera Institute and Bard College Opera Workshop, and performed in major New York spaces such as: Carnegie Hall with Bard Chamber Singers and the American Symphony, Avery Fisher Center, Olin Hall, and László Bito Hall.
Samantha attended Songfest in Los Angeles and the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan under the baton of Maestro Chris Ludwa to perform the role of Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime. She is currently the Soprano section leader and soloist for Eastminster Presbyterian Church; where she was the Soprano soloist for the Southeastern premiere of Alan Bullard’s A Light in the Stable oratorio.
In addition to being a Music and Arts teacher of Voice, Violin and Viola, Ms. Burke is the founder and director of The Atlanta Concert Series, which seeks to promote young artists’ involvement in the Atlanta community through series of performances in the Fall and Spring. Previous engagements through the project included Fall 2014 recital series, a March Spirituals concert, and a Spring 2015 special concert series with the eclectic young New York pianist, Richard Hagemann and musicians from Georgia State University. For more information please visit: theatlantaconcertseries.org.
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