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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

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HS Students:  Please complete the following scheduling survey as soon as possible.  Thank you.
Orchestra Calendar Dates
   All Orchestra Calendar Dates can be found HERE.
Parent / Student Communication

  Communication is very important.  Because we want to communicate in the best manner, we are doing away with the Charms email system in favor of "Remind".  The benefit is you can choose to receive communication through email or text and you are in control of when you want to end the service.

Harmon students and parents can sign up by going to and signing up for email alerts or by texting "@harmon678" to (310)982-7433

High School orchestra students and parents can sign up by going to or by texting "@aurorah" to (310) 982-7433
You will receive some duplicate messages that pertain to everyone if you
sign up for both, but some messages will be specific to each group.
If you ever change your email or phone number, simply reply to one of the
messages and respond "Unsubscribe". Then go to my website and resign up with
your new email address or phone number
Parent Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
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.



The AOA needs a few more people to volunteer at the Steak N' Strings. Please cut and paste the link below to join in the fun.                                          




Harmon Orchestra Holiday Concert

The Harmon Orchestra Concert was on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 PM.  Excellent job to everyone.  I will be posting the video on Youtube during winter break and will post the link here as soon as it is available.


Aurora High School Holiday Orchestra Concert

The AHS Orchestra Concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 7:00 PM.  All students are to wear their school provided uniforms just as they did for the October concert.  Please remember to bring your black dress shoes and socks and white tux shirt with bow ties.  Students will change at school and be ready to tune and warm up by 6:30 PM.  Concert Orchestra will tune and warm up in the AHS Choir room.  Philharmonic Orchestra will tuen and warm-up in the AHS Orchestra room.  The schedule for the night is as follows:

Mozart Flute Concerto performed by Gill Nelson - reduced Philharmonic orchestra
Concert Orchestra - Russian Sleigh..., Kings of Orient.... You're All I Want...., and Plink, Plank, Plunk
Bach unaccompanied violin solo by Jim Lee
Philharmonic Orchestra (full group) - Bachanale, A Christmas Festival, How the Grinch... and Star Wars

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.
Click HERE for a link to a PDF of the catalog.  Paper Catalogs are also handed out in class.
We are on a very short timeline because of Winter Break, so paper orders must be submitted to Mr. Burdett by Thursday, Dec. 18th.  You can still order online at or by calling 877-632-7753 until Dec. 30th.  Please be sure to mention that you are with the Aurora Orchestra Association.
Orders must be picked up from Leighton Elementary School on Wednesday January 7, 2015 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.
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 President 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:
Join us for the next Harmon concert on Tuesday, Dec. 9th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.
High School Orchestra Concert on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.  This was one of the best concerts we have ever had.  These were very challenging class A songs and you performed them like you were professionals!  Excellent work everyone!  We will post a Youtube link to the recordings very soon.
Join us for the next AHS Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 7:00 PM in the AHS Auditorium.
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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