Phillip Edward Burgess
Department Associate Chair / Director of Vocal-Choral Activities
Dr. Burgess is Associate Chair of Music and Director of the Choral/Vocal studies programs at Catawba College. His teaching responsibilities include those within the Department of Music as well as campus-wide teaching in the First Year Seminar and Honors Programs at the college.
He also serves as college organist and collaborative pianist for the Shuford School of Performing Arts.
Prior to his appointment at Catawba, Dr. Burgess served as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, a position he held for twenty years. He is currently the Music Director at Ursinus United Church of Christ in Rockwell, NC.
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.
Under his direction, Catawba College’s various choirs have made appearances at ACDA Conventions and the national conventions of the United Church of Christ.
He holds degrees from Samford University and the University of Michigan. Post-Doctoral studies include his Orff Certifications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Memphis.