Director of Music – Adam Burnette
Adam Burnette has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a pianist, conductor, and composer over the last twenty years. Since his debut conducting the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2008, he has worked as conductor, coach, and répétiteur in opera companies and festivals throughout the US, Canada, and Ireland. In 2012, he was an official accompanist for the Veronica Dunne International Vocal Competition at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland. A versatile pianist, he has accompanied many Grammy and Tony Award-winning artists, including Denyce Graces, Suzanne Mentzer, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Karen Ziemba, George Hearn, and Sylvia McNair in musical theatre and opera productions, recital, and cabaret. As a chamber musician, Burnette has played recitals with member of the RTE Symphony, Concertmaster of the World Orchestra for Peace, Fionulla Hunt, and Principal Cellist of the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Robert Truman. As an arranger, Ms. McNair commissioned and subsequently recorded five of his arrangements for a Christmas album in 2008. Burnette has also worked as a guest conductor/vocal coach at universities and conservatories in Canada and Ireland. His compositions and arrangements have been performed in churches in the US and Canada, in recital at SongFest in Los Angeles, Tanglewood Festival, Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, and in concert by both Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he received a commission to compose an original score for a theatre production as part of the 2012 UK City of Culture in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. His works are published by GIA Music, Northstar Music, LLC, and NewMusicShelf.