Chamber Music Academy Coach
Pianist Timothy Burns is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. He holds degrees in piano performance, music theory pedagogy, and collaborative piano from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr.
Currently, Dr. Burns serves as supervisor of piano accompanying at the Colorado State University. Dr. Burns has performed in a variety of collaborative and solo settings throughout the United States and Canada. He has worked with renowned choral conductors Brady R. Allred, Daniel Bara, Scott Tucker, and Amanda Quist, among others, with performances at such venues as New York City’s Riverside Church and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Additionally, Dr. Burns served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition in Salina, Kan., the 2012 International Viola Congress, performing with artists Jeanne-Louise Moolman of South Africa and Hartmut Rohde of Germany, and the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, performing with competitors from the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, and the United States. Recent performances include the Frick Collection’s “Salon Evening” concert series in New York City, presenting Laszlo Varga’s arrangement of the tone poem Don Quixote by Richard Strauss with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an avid supporter for new and current music, Dr. Burns has performed works by current composers such as Mari Esabel Valverde, Margaret Brouwer, Mathjis van Dijk, and Baljinder Sekhon. Additional performance honors include winning the Western Pennsylvania Steinway Society competition in 2004, and holding the Brooks Smith Fellowship in Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School of Music for the 2010 and 2011 academic years. Past summer residences have included the New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Studies Program in Fredonia, N.Y., the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary near Wilkes-Barre, PA, and the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” program. For the summer of 2015, Dr. Burns was in residence for the Lift Clarinet Academy and Just Chamber Music program, both held in Fort Collins, Colo.
In addition to his performing career, Dr. Burns has been recognized for his academic contributions. Photographer Francis Smith interviewed him for his documentary Columbia: America by Another Name, discussing the history of the US national hymn “Hail, Columbia” from its creation in the 1790s through its use in the nineteenth century. Dr. Burns has given lectures at Bloomsburg University, the Eastman School of Music, and the Wyoming Seminary on topics of piano accompanying and music theory. He has also received Eastman’s prestigious D.M.A. Lecture Recital Prize for his presentation on Robert Schumann’s late song cycle Gedichte der Königin Maria Stuart with the support of soprano Clara Nieman.