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JOY! Scholarship Coordinator

JOY! Scholarship Coordinator


Ryan F. Burns, baritone, was named the National Winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance — The Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award, in the professional opera division for 2017-18. Dr. Burns performs extensively with opera companies, orchestras, ensembles, and sacred groups in the Northeast. Dr. Burns has received training from the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster, the VOICExperience program, and the Total Interpretation Project as part of the Capobianco Opera Studio. He has sung in master classes with Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, Chuck Hudson, Laura Brooks Rice, and Sherrill Milnes.

Dr. Burns has performed with the former Opera Boston, Salt Marsh Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Opera Providence, Hartford Opera Theater, Greater Worcester Opera, Opera del West, and the Jessica Lang Dance Company. Additionally, he has been a soloist with the New Haven Symphony, Greater Middletown Chorale, South Hadley Chorale and Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Sounds of Stow Festival Chorus and Orchestra.

In 2017, Dr. Burns graduated with a doctorate of musical arts from the University Connecticut, where he was a former Concerto Competition winner. While at UCONN, Dr. Burns was an adjunct instructor of Opera Studio directing the voice area’s opera outreach program, and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the JOY! Conservatory Scholarship Program. In the spring of 2018, Dr. Burns was named the new Director of Music at The Pomfret School in Pomfret, CT. He and his family live in Vernon, CT.

JOY! is supported in part by the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation and the SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.



JOY Coordinator Ryan Burns