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Mr. Burdett  teaches the 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestras at Harmon Middle School and two high school orchestras; Concert Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Mr. Burdett earned his Bachelor's of Music Education from Kent State University in 1999 and a Master's of Education in Measurement and Assessment from Kent State in Dec. of 2008.

He has performed violin in the Cleveland / Akron area for the past 16 years including a concert in Playhouse Square with Christian Recording Artist Michael W. Smith and as Principle Second of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Eric Benjamin.  Mr. Burdett has also contributed his talents to two CD's, the latest with Andy Dolson on the Album "Eighty Nine" - available on itunes.
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He plans to continue his education and has most recently studied world music with ethnomusicologist Dr. Craig Woodson just for the fun of it.

Mr. Burdett lives in Aurora with his wife (Katie), 5 year old daughter, Ellie, 3 year old daughter Aubrey and their newborn daughter Julia.

You may reach Mr. Burdett at jburdett@aurora-schools.org or by phone at (330) 954-2130

 
Orchestra News
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March
Ashland String Weekend Camp information is now avaialbe on the "Ashland Spring String Wingding" tab on the left.  The absolute last deadline to turn in forms and payment is Thursday, April 3rd.  Late registration forms cannot be accepted.
 
The Harmon Orchestras will be performing as part of the PTO Dinner on Friday, March 7th.  6th and 7th grade orchestras will be performing from 5:00-5:30.  The 8th Grade orchestras will be peforming in small groups from 6:00-7:00.  Please click on the "6TH 7TH AND 8TH GRADE ORCHESTRAS" link to the left for more detailed information and arrival times.
 
February
HS Orchestras participate in the Ohio Music Education Association STATE Orchestra Adjudicated Event on Friday, Feb. 21st.  Both groups earned the highest rating of "Superior" at the event.  The Philharmonic Orchestra received "Superior" Ratings from all three floor judges and the sight reading judge!  A perfect score!  This is the third straight year that Philharmonic Orchestra has received a "Superior" rating in class B.  Next year we are going to move up to Class A (the most difficult level of music).
 
Concert Orchestra received an overall rating of "Superior" for the second year in a row!  Congratulations to both groups.  Thank you also to the many parent chaerones who helped:  Mrs. Gosnell, Mrs. Poremba and Mr. and Mrs. Cyronek for being room monitors and bus chaperones.  Thank you to Mrs. Goldston, Mrs. Kronz and Mrs. Mehalis for helping with uniforms.  A special thanks to AHS teacher Mrs. Foster for chaperoning and helping to get the kids loaded on the bus for the event.  Thank you everyone for your help!  Great Job everyone!
 
January
2nd Annual Steak N' Strings Dinner and Fundraiser
 

Aurora Orchestra Association to host its 2nd Annual “Steak N’ Strings Benefit Dinner and Raffle”

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 5:30 PM

Steak N' Strings Ticket Order Form

 

AURORA — The Aurora Orchestra Association (AOA) in conjunction with Outback Steakhouse of Macedonia will be hosting the 2nd Annual Steak N’ Strings Benefit Dinner and Raffle on Saturday, January 25, 2014, 5:30 PM at Aurora High School.  “This is a wonderful and fun event that will benefit the orchestra students in Aurora.  It was a huge success last year.  Everyone had a great time.  The food was excellent and the raffle prizes were amazing!” said AHS Orchestra Director Jason Burdett.

 

Outback Steakhouse of Macedonia will be preparing the food on site at Aurora High School.  The menu will include a 9 oz. Steak with side, salad and cheesecake.  The child meal is chicken fingers and fries.  There is also a vegetarian option.  “We have the privilege of once again working with Outback Steakhouse”, says Burdett.  “AOA and Outback Steakhouse do a really good job of making the meals affordable for families.  By the time you factor in the cost of the food, plus drink and a cheesecake then the cost is about the same that you would pay for in the restaurant.  The added benefit is that the proceeds will help the students”.  Adult tickets are only $20 and children meals are only $5.  Proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards a large international competition in which the AHS Orchestras participate every three years.  “This trip is really important to the students because it allows them to travel outside of the United States – something some of them will never have another chance to do – and they interact with students from around the world, competing and seeing how they stack up” says Burdett.

 

In addition to the dinner, there will also be an extensive raffle with prizes such as a $75 Legacy Village gift card, $100 Portrait Innovations gift card, Jim Brickman autographed books and CD’s as well as many other items from Lowe’s Greenhouse, The Cleveland Orchestra, Whole Foods Market and much more.  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit all orchestra students.  “In the past, the Aurora Orchestra Association has been able to help provide new instruments and equipment to help Mr. Burdett start a rock orchestra” says AOA President Antoinette Goldston.  The AHS Rock Orchestra will be performing as part of the entertainment for the evening along with members of the AHS Orchestras.   “Our raffle prize guru is Christine Hannes.  She has been able to get some amazing raffle prizes that will be even better than last year” says Goldston.  “It’s always  wonderful to see companies such as Outback Steakhouse and the many area and national companies that have contributed raffle items work with the schools to benefit students.  It’s a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together” says Burdett.

 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children and are on sale until Jan. 10th. Visit www.auroraorchestra.org  or contact Kathi Grandillo at grand2@earthlink.net for more information.

 
October
 
The Harmon Orchestra Concert is on Tuesday, Oct. 8th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.  6th Grade students need to be ready to tune in the HS Choir Room by 6:20.  7th and 8th grade orchestra students should be in the HS Orchestra ready to tune by 6:30.  More information can be found on this website under the 6th/7th/8th grade classroom on the left.  Please note:  All students need to stay for the entire concert and support the other orchestras by watching their performance.   The entire concert will be done by 7:45 or 8:00 PM.  There will be refreshments after the concert.
 

The Aurora High School Orchestras Concert is on Tuesday, Oct. 22nd at 7: 00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.  These students are doing an amazing job playing some pretty difficult music.  Their music is fast and exciting!  In addition, the Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing themes from Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.  When this piece premiered 100 years ago it caused shock waves in the musical community and a riot in the audience!  Since its premiere, it has become one of the most beloved pieces and has been performed countless times.  It was even included in Walt Disney's "Fantasia".  Students will need to arrive early to school at 6:00 PM for tuning and for taking of formal pictures of the orchestra by a professional photography company.

 
 
September
 
 
 


 Thank you to everyone who helped out at our annual Hayride and Barndance on Sept. 27th .  It was a huge success and wonderful evening with beautiful weather.  Thank you especially to Antoinett Goldston our booster president for all of her hard work.  A big thanks also goes to out the rest of the AOA board, but also to Craig Moore, Gene Molnar, Jeff Clark and Mr. Fellenstein for all of their help with setting up and driving the tractors.

 
 
 
The high school orchestras had a wonderful performance on Saturday, Sept. 28th at Sunny Lake Park during the Aurora Fall Festival.  It was wonderful to be able to perform for so many people.  Join us for our next performance on Saturday, Oct. 19th at 1:00 PM at Kent Roosevelt High School Auditorium.  Orchestras from Aurora, Stow, Twinsburg and Kent will all be performing in the 2nd annual Premier of Orchestras.  The cost is only $2 per person.
 
 

 

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