John Burge

John has written a large body of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions, but he is particularly well known for his choral music. His composition, Angels’ Voices, for choir and orchestra, received the 2006 Outstanding New Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and was performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005. Having studied the organ himself during his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, he never hesitates to compose for the organ, having produced a number of solo works for the instrument over the years. Included in his output are many significant works for organ and other instruments, the most extensive being his composition, Cathedral Architecture, a large, symphonically-conceived work that exists in versions for organ and brass band (2012) and organ and orchestra (2013).

John is active as a public speaker and in demand as an adjudicator of piano and composition classes at music festivals across Canada. A passionate advocate for Canadian music, he was a member of the executive council of the Canadian League of Composers from 1993-2007, serving as President from 1998-2006. He is currently a board member for the SOCAN Foundation and chairs the board of directors for the Music at Port Milford Summer Music School and Festival in Prince Edward County.

We commissioned John to write a new work for the Festival, and he has composed Prelude and Toccata No. 1.  This piece will be premiered at Patrick Wedd’s 2:30 concert on Thursday afternoon.

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