Dr. Sean Burton
Dr. Sean Burton (B.M. The Hartt School – University of Hartford, M.M. Boston University, D.M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is associate professor of music, The Gilchrist Foundation director of choral activities, and division chair of arts and humanities at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. His responsibilities at Briar Cliff include conducting choirs, teaching courses in conducting and secondary music methods, serving as Artistic Director of the annual Christmas at the Orpheum holiday extravaganza, and overseeing the departments of Art, Mass Communications, Modern Languages, Music, Theatre/Speech, and Theology/Philosophy.
Deeply involved in the Siouxland music community, he is also the director of music at Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City, founding artistic director and conductor of the Siouxland Choral Artists, and music director of the Abu Bekr Chanters. He has been fortunate to be the recipient of many honors, most recently being listed in Siouxland Magazine’s inaugural “10 Under 40” list. Dr. Burton is an active guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter throughout the United States and is highly regarded for his unique ability to work effectively with musicians at every educational level, in addition to community, religious, and professional ensembles.
His publications include one book and some forty articles, reviews, and editions of choral music in periodicals such as the Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. His presentation credits include state, regional, and national conferences of ACDA, CMS, and NAfME.