Dr. John Burdett is the College's new Director of Bands. In this capacity, he oversees all facets of the College’s band program, and contributes to the school’s mission through teaching, service, research, and scholarly/creative endeavors. He is the conductor of the Mt. SAC Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Winds.
John earned a Doctorate of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as teaching assistant in the Music Education and Band Divisions. Dr. Burdett’s dissertation research was on the experiences of students with hearing loss in instrumental music. In addition to his dissertation topic, John’s research interests include; the performance practice of symphonic compositions with Spanish and Latin American stylistic influences, the psychosocial components of conducting, the democratization of decision making in large concert ensembles, and increasing accessibility to music education for marginalized student populations.
Previous to his appointment at Mt. San Antonio College, John has held tenure track and adjunct appointments teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, music education, and ensemble direction at a number of local university’s including; Cal Poly Pomona, Azusa Pacific University, California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Los Angeles.
As a performer, John conducts, plays and records throughout the Los Angeles area and has toured in the United States and Japan with a variety of classical, jazz and pop ensembles. He has been invited to conduct honor ensembles in Texas and California and is a judge with the Music Center of Los Angeles Spotlight Awards. In addition to numerous posts with youth orchestras, John was the founding Music Director and Conductor of the Southern California Philharmonic from 2001 through the 2005 season. In June of 2014, Dr. Burdett will be conducting the Guatemalan National Symphony Orchestra in an all-American program featuring pianist Timothy Durkovic.