Dr. Adam Burdick brings people together through music, inspiring novices and veterans alike to take an active part in bringing music to life and sharing it with others. Leading of the College Choir at North Seattle College, his close-knit a cappella ensemble, the Evergreen Singers, and the 120+voice Skagit Valley Chorale, Adam is known for challenging singers to perform at their best while learning more about music and building community. His online “Music in the United States” class at North Seattle has introduced hundreds of students to the endless tapestry of musical influences woven through our shared musical history. Adam’s private voice lessons at Dusty Strings Music School in Seattle are known for their playful, exploratory tone, and his many years on the faculty at the Midsummer Musical Retreat have been marked by adventurous musical exploration served with the warmly supportive and joyful teaching that is such an important part of that music camp’s philosophy. Adam remains an avid student himself. Whether studying structure and textual meaning in a piece, coordinated, attentive use of our bodies and selves, or the mysteries of clear communication and quality teaching, he loves to pass on what he learns.
Adam's teaching emphasizes study of the body and vocal technique to support expressive musicality developed through understanding of the music and text, and intentional connection between musicians and audience members. He finds particular satisfaction in working with hesitant singers, helping them to sing confidently and well. A long-time student of the Alexander Technique, Adam uses its principles in his singing, conducting, and teaching, and is pursuing certification as an Alexander Technique teacher. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (BA Music, BA English Literature), the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (MM Choral Conducting), and the University of Washington (DMA Choral Conducting).