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Dr. Stephen Burnaman

Stephen Burnaman

Stephen Burnaman, pianist, has performed throughout the United States and abroad in such major musical centers as Boston, New York, Chicago, Rome, Warsaw, Taipei and Hong Kong.  Highlights include performances at the Hong Kong City Theatre, the Rome Festival in Italy, and a solo recital at the Chicago Cultural Center, which was broadcast live over the WFMT fine arts radio and television network.  He has also presented lectures and papers on various aspects of piano playing, including a paper presented at the conference on the music of Amy Beach at New York’s Mannes College of Music.  He is past faculty member of the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire, Briarcliff Music School in Austin, TX, and is former Lecturer in Piano Accompanying at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is currently Professor of Piano and University Organist at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, and is former president of the Austin District Music Teachers Association, which named him Teacher of the Year for 2003 and Collegiate Teacher of the Year for 2004 & 2005.  He has served churches in Massachusetts and Texas as pianist and organist and from 2006-2011 performed as pianist for the Austin Singers, a professional choral ensemble.

Burnaman completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded the A. David Renner Endowed Presidential Scholarship in piano and where he completed his doctoral dissertation on the piano music of American composers Edward MacDowell and Amy Beach.  He holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Stephen F. Austin State University.  While at SFA, he received the Mamie Middlebrook Award as the outstanding pianist, the President’s Award as the outstanding recitalist, and the Zelma Childers Award as the outstanding graduate in the School of Fine Arts.  He was named Outstanding Alumnus in 2009 by the Stephen F. Austin University School of Music.  He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor fraternity and received the Coulter Award in piano at the Brazos Valley Piano Competition.  His university and conservatory teachers include Gregory Allen, Victor Rosenbaum and Andrew Parr.

Stephen, his wife Sandra, also a pianist and music educator, and their son Seth live in Austin.



Role: Department Chair of Humanities & Fine Arts/Professor of Music/University Organist
Phone: 512.505.6444
Office: J-M 221