Welcome to Canadian composer John Burge’s website. This website was begun in 2015 by John Burge as a means of creating a central repository for finding information about his compositions and music-related activities.

Do check out NEWS for quick summaries of recent and upcoming events

Like many Canadian composers of classical music, the best place to find most of my music is at the Canadian Music Centre but many non-Canadians are unfamiliar with this wonderful organization. Equally though, a number of my compositions are published by such companies as Boosey and Hawkes and Santa Barbara Music Publishers and it is certainly helpful to have all the pertinent information available at one website with appropriate links as required. Recently as well, I joined the Red Leaf Pianoworks collective of composers and it is my hope that all of my piano music will eventually be sold through this collective and on this website as well. Finally, a number of my choral compositions are unpublished or the publishing company has ceased operations and the copyright has reverted back to my control. As it is quite common these days in the choral music world to sell a photocopy license to choirs to make their own copies in-house and thereby save on shipping costs, it will be possible to purchase a site license for many of my  choral compositions from this website as well.

An additional advantage to this website is the opportunity to describe some of the other musical endeavours that increasingly seem to occupy more of my time.  While my teaching career as a full professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University extends back to 1987, my love of working with students and young musicians is also exemplified in the numerous music festivals where I often adjudicate piano and composition classes (often returning for repeat visits every few years to the same festival).  Although I am somewhat selective, I also try to take on a few talented private composition and theory students through Queen’s University Community Music.  While time is always precious, I still try to fit in the occasional solo piano recital of my own music often in a lecture or demonstration format.  More information about these kinds of activities can be found under the following headings: Pianist, Adjudicator and Public Speaking.

Websites are probably never really completed but in this case, it will definitely take some time to add older works while staying on top of current and developing projects.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to send me an email using the CONTACT page.

Featured Youtube Video:

The Japanese String Orchestra, Musica 14.8, led by Etsuko Kimura, has recently posted a wonderful video of a live performance all three movements of Upper Canada Fiddle Suite that was taken from a performance in Kyoto, Japan on July 27, 2017.  Etsuko also lives in Toronto where she plays with the Toronto Symphony orchestra and many years ago performed this work with Sinfonia Toronto.

Other videos can be viewed easily at: Videos