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Burke Sorenson, PhD

Dr. Burke Sorenson received his Bachelors of Music Education and his Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Brigham Young University (BYU). He pursued doctoral studies in Music Education at the University of Utah, and he currently holds a PhD in Education with emphasis in Higher Education Music Leadership from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Max Steiner Award, the Madsen Memorial Music Award, and the Graduate Studies Dean’s Award. Dr. Sorenson studied Suzuki pedagogy at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and earned a level one Kodaly certification from the Intermuse Academy. He studied violin/viola with Vesna Gruppman, Cynthia Richards, and Loi Anne Eyring. Dr. Sorenson has taught music, humanities, and education courses at Snow College, Western Governor’s University, and Utah Valley University. He was an instructor at the University of Utah and an instructor at BYU-Provo. He has served on the faculty at The Lyceum Music Festival, the Idaho Suzuki Institute, and Cleveland Suzuki Institute. Dr. Sorenson founded and conducted the Center Street Musical Theatre Orchestra, the Utah Valley Chamber Players Preparatory Orchestra, and he helped found and conduct the BYU New Horizons Orchestra. A frequent guest conductor, he currently conducts the SLCC Chamber Orchestra, the Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra, and the Pleasant Grove Orchestra. Dr. Sorenson holds a Level 3 teaching license with K-12 music and leadership administration areas of concentration. He has taught music at every level including elementary school, junior high, high school, and higher education. He formerly headed the Instrumental Music Department at Merit College Preparatory Academy in Springville, Utah. As an instrumentalist, Dr. Sorenson has performed with the Utah Symphony (including tours and the Deer Valley Music Festival), Utah Regional Ballet, LA East Studio Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square, and the SummerArts Festival Orchestra. Dr. Sorenson founded the Stradivarius String Quartet which was featured on the front page of Segue magazine, served as the quartet in residence at the 2008 Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective, and world premiered numerous compositions. Dr. Sorenson is a sought after clinician and adjudicator with Heritage Music Festivals and the UHSAA throughout Utah and the western United States. He was the nation’s first ASTA Discovering Strings and Orchestra clinician. Dr. Sorenson is a technical expert consultant to MENC’s Publication Department, on the Board of Directors of the Utah Chapter of ASTA, and an Orchestra Committee member with the Utah Music Education Association. Dr. Sorenson holds a commission as a Major in the Utah Army National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Sorenson has published numerous articles in publications such as the American Teacher Journal, the Instrumentalist, Student Band and Orchestra Magazine, and Teaching Music. He has made presentations at many regional and international conferences including the Utah Music Educators Conference, the International Consortium of Educational Development, and the Mountain Plains Adult Ed. Association Conference. Dr. Sorenson also authored two books: A Quantitative Study of Higher Education Music Leaders at NASM Accredited Institutions and A Discussion and Analysis of Four Major Orchestral Selections. He and his wife Sarah, who is also an educator, reside in Sherwood, Arkansas with their four children. He can be reached at

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