Dashon Burton

Dashon Burton brought home a top prize from the 2012 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, as well as the first prize in Oratorio from the 49th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. These awards follow his First Place wins in both the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York’s Competition and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Competition for Young American Singers.

In addition to his work in early music, Mr. Burton is an avid performer of new music and has premiered works by many living composers. He is a founding member of 2013 Grammy Award Winning (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) Roomful of Teeth, with whom he tours internationally. This vocal ensemble, under the direction of Brad Wells, is devoted to the performance of new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques.

Mr. Burton began his professional studies at Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Immediately upon graduation, he was invited to join Cantus, a professional men’s classical vocal ensemble based in Minneapolis and known for its concerts and collaborations with renowned organizations and artists such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops, James Sewell Ballet and Bobby McFerrin. After his tenure with Cantus ended in 2009, Burton entered Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied vocal literature including Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah under tenor James Taylor. He received his Master of Music degree in 2011.


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