Ms. Burke’s soaring soprano is a truly special experience for music lovers.
Venezuelan-American Soprano and Violinist Samantha Burke, received her Bachelor’s in Music from Bard College where she studied classical voice with New York Times acclaimed tenor, Rufus Müller and violin with American Symphony Concertmaster, Erica Kiesewetter. She also studied closely with renowned Hungarian musicologist Peter Laki, to develop a thesis on the ope ra Otello from Desdemona’s point of view and later, a concert lecture series focused on making opera accessible to audiences.
She is a frequent scholarship recipient and has won awards in Georgia and New York competitions. Most recently Ms. Burke was selected as a 2016 Southeastern Regional Finalist in the NATS competition.
As a young child, her love of music led her to perform in the Sydney Opera House with the Atlanta Young Singers. Ms. Burke has been a soloist with the American Symphony, portrayed principal roles for the Miami Opera Institute and Bard College Opera Workshop.
During the 2016 summer, Ms. Burke was a Young Artist at the Le Chiavi Institute of Bel Canto hosted by the Texas Music Festival and the CoOperative Program at Rider University. Samantha has performed for numerous masterclasses and concerts in Atlanta and regionally including her 2015 fellowship as a Young Artist at Songfest held at the Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. During the same summer, she was also a Young Artist at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan under the baton of Maestro Chris Ludwa, and performed the role of Sara h’s Friend in Ragtime. Currently Samantha is the Soprano section leader and soloist for Eastminster Presbyterian Church; where she was the Soprano soloist for the 2014 Southeastern premiere of Alan Bullard’s A Light in the Stable oratorio.
Samantha loves teaching privately in Atlanta where she enjoys the company of her colorful South American family. Ms. Burke is a frequent recitalist and also the founder and director of The Atlanta Concert Series (ACS), which seeks to promote young artists’ involvement in the Atlanta community through series of performances in the Fall and Spring. Previous engagements have included a Fall outreach recital series in metro-Atlanta, annual Spirituals Concerts held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Fall and Spring fundraisers. For more information please visit: theatlantaconcertseries.org.