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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 three CD's, the latest with singer/songwriter Jessie Barr to be released in October 2014.

Mr. Burdett lives in Aurora with his wife (Katie), 6 year old daughter, Ellie, 4 year old daughter Aubrey and 1 year old daughter Julia.

You may reach Mr. Burdett at or by phone at (330) 954-2130

You've heard the phrase "many hands make light work" - this is especially true with the Aurora Orchestra Association.  This is the only booster group that provides opportunities and services to students at Harmon and Leighton as well as the high school.  We need your help to be able to continue to do this.  We are asking each orchestra family to sign up for 2 events.  It could be something as simple as baking cookies for concert refreshments.  There are opportunities for all abilities and interest levels.  Simply click on the link below and sign up to help for the event that interests you.  Already signed up but you can't remember what you volunteered for?  No problem.  Click on the link below and you will be able to see what you volunteered for.  Its easy because we are doing it together.  If the link doesn't work on your computer, simply copy it and paste it in your web address bar.
AOA Barn Party and Hayride on Friday October 10th  from 6-9 PM at the Moore Property.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!  It took a team of about 20 volunteers to help the night go smoothly.  I especially want to thank AOA Toni Goldston for all of her efforts and organization.  She would never seek this recognition herself.  Like so many of our parent volunteers, she just wants to help out the kids and make sure it is a good experience for everyone.  Mrs. Goldston was out at the Moore property several times in the days leading up to the event getting everything ready.  Thank you so much.  Check out the Aurora Orchestra Association facebook page for pictures from the event.
Harmon Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:00 PM.  Fantastic concert everyone!  I am working on uploading the songs from the concert to YouTube.  I will add the link here when it is ready.  Pictures from the concert will be posted on our Facbook page soon:
High School Orchestra Concert on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.  The dress for this concert is formal (black dress shoes and uniforms).  We will also be taking a formal professional picture (Ripcho Studios) of the orchestras before the concert.  This picture will be used in the school year book.  Students are able to purchase group and individual pictures that night.
All students will need to change into their school provided uniforms at schools.  Men will need their white tuxedo shirts and black bow ties.  Everyone will need black dress shoes and black dress socks (men).
Philharmonic members need to be getting dressed by 5:45 PM.  The picture will be at 6:00 PM
Concert Orchestra members need to be getting dressed by 6:00 PM.  The picture will be at 6:15 PM.  We switched the times to allow more time for the freshman football players to make it to the picture.  All students need to be in the picture regardless if they want to purchase or not.
Market Day Fundraiser
The Aurora Orchestra Association has been teaming up with the Elem. PTO in selling Market Day.  You can once again enjoy these great products even though you don't have kids in the elementary school.  The profits from the sales go to support the orchestras through the Aurora Orchestra Association.  For example, the orchestra made $120 last month through the Market Day cookie dough special.  This month we have two Market Day opportunities:
1. The regular October Market Day Cataloge (Click Here)
2.  The Annual Pie special (Click Here) - a great way to stock up for Thanksgiving! - Please note: colored picures of the pies are on page 3 of the Ocober cataloge.
You can purchase items through the catalogs handed out in class and available at the above links.  Please turn in orders to Mr. Burdett by Tuesday, October 21st.  Orders must be picked up from Leighton Elementary School on Wednesday Oct. 29th from 4-5:30 PM.  Be sure to mention when you pick up that you are with the orchestra.  Please contact Allison Taylor at (216) 338-7791 with any questions.
Orchestra Spirit Wear now available

Please click on the order form link if you are interested in purchasing orchestra spiritwear. Order forms will also be available during class. All checks should be made payable to AOA and orders are due by October 30th. Please contact Toni Goldston if you have any questions: 216-570-9484 or


* Parents, please make sure all orchestra students have a dedicated 3 ring binder for orchestra class.  This really helps the kids with organization.  All music and papers should be three hole punched and in the binders to help prevent against loss and damage to the music.  All music should be treated as an original: mark it in pencil only, keep it smooth and be ready to erase markings and turn it in at the end of the year.  Also, students should have extra strings with them in class.  If a string breaks, then I will be able to replace it immediately so your child does not miss any instruction time.  Check out the "Music Stores and Supplies" link on the left for information on what strings to purchase.  Lastly, please check the PIV to see if your child has turned in all forms (handbook contract, emergency medical, etc).  If they have not, the forms can be found on the left under the appropriate orchestra class.  Thank you for your help.
Fantastic performance at Aurora City Fall Festival by AHS Orchestras!  Both orchestras performed wonderfully at the Fall Festival at Sunny Lake Park on Saturday, Sept. 27th.  I am very proud of how well they have learned and performed their music in such a short amount of time.  Please join us for our first official concert on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM at the AHS Auditorium.





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