Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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This document serves as a resource guide for selected choral works of Richard Burchard, including pertinent background information and biographical details about the composer’s life, information concerning the compositional style and musical structure of his choral works, and accessibility and interpretive considerations for the choral conductor. Works were selected for this study chronologically by publication date, from Burchard’s first published work (Miserere mei, published 2009) through the beginning of this project in early 2012. Born in 1960, Richard Burchard is the Chair of the Music Department at Bellarmine University in Kentucky. Burchrd has written over 50 pieces, many of which remain unpublished. However, his first nine published works have been given premieres at prestigious events such as the American Choral Directors Association National Convention, the National Collegiate Choral Organization National Convention, the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association All State Choir Festival, and the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention. The premieres of these choral works at these important professional gatherings attest to the growing popularity of his work and the importance of Burchard as a significant new composer in choral composition. Continued acclaim and notoriety suggests the need for scholarly and musical study devoted to Burchard’s choral music.



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Fulton, Kenneth

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