Dr. John Burton
Professor of Cello
Location: Room 101 Fine Arts Building
John Burton began his cello studies in Fort Worth with Harriet Woldt. He participated in the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. Dr. Burton received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from Rice University, where he studied with Shirley Trepel. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California, receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Cello Performance under the direction of Gabor Rejto and Daniel Rothmuller, Dr. Burton did post-doctoral study at Harvard University, participating in the Management and Leadership in Education program and the Management Development program for administrators at the university level.
Dr. Burton has taught at Hardin-Simmons University and lectured at the University of Southern California. He also taught at Texas Christian University from 1991 -- 2000, serving as Associate Professor of Cello and Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Communication, and Director of Graduate Studies for the college. Dr. Burton has participated in many festivals and chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the southwest. During his time in Houston, he was Principal Cello of the Houston Ballet Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra. He has also been Principal Cello with the San Angelo Symphony, the Abilene Philharmonic and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Burton is recorded on the CRI label, in music by John Baur and Mario Davidovsky.
Dr. Burton's administrative experience includes work at TCU and Northern Arizona University and the University of Texas at Arlington. While at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Burton was Dean of the School of Performing Arts and founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Following that position, he was appointed Senior Associate and Special Assistant to the President at Northern Arizona University, where he worked closely with the Board of Regents and members of the university community to achieve the goals of the President. Dr. Burton is currently Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at UTA, where he teaches chamber music and works with the most outstanding group of individuals of his career.