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Phillip Edward Burgess

PhillipBurgess.JPGDepartment Associate Chair / Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Burgess is the Director of Choral Activities at Catawba College and Instructor of Sacred Music. In addition to his work in the classroom, he serves as a Collaborative Pianist for the Shuford School of Performing Arts. Dr. Burgess formerly served as the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury where he oversaw a graded choir program for youth and adults from 1995 to 2015. He is currently the Music Director and Organist at Ursinus United Church of Christ in Rockwell, N.C.

He is the founding director of the Salisbury Ecumenical Choir and the Amadeus Youth Chorus. His work with multi-cultural choirs has led to several honors including the 2012 Mayor’s Spirit Award and the Koontz Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007. Prior to coming to Catawba, Dr. Burgess served on the faculty of Pfeiffer University and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Burgess has been a Choral Conducting Scholar at Keenefest and the Renee Clausen Summer Institutes. He has written articles for The Diapason and The American Organist Magazines, and is a contributing columnist for the Salisbury Post. 

His teachers have included Marilyn Mason, Robert Glasgow and Ted Tibbs organ; Betty Sue Shepherd, piano; and Jerry Blackstone, Robert Page, conducting; and Shirley McCrae and Jos Wuytack, Orff.