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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

Harmon Concert is on Friday, March 6, 2015 at AHS Auditorium.  This concert is different than all of the others in that it is a little shorter and will be on a Friday as part of the PTO Spaghetti Dinner event.  7th and 8th grade students will need to be in the AHS Orchestra room by 4:30 PM ready to tune.  6th grade students will need to be in the AHS Choir room by 4:30 to tune.  The concert begins at 5:00 PM and will only last 30 min.  There is no charge for the concert, however families are encouraged to participate in the Spaghetti Dinner which does have a small fee (see flyer on Aurora City Schools Webpage).  Any student who cannot get a ride to AHS by 4:30 is welcome to walk over to the High School after school and hang out in the Orchestra room.  Mr. Burdett will be there to supervise.  Any students who walk over will need to bring their black and white concert attire with them to school that day.  All parents and students will need to clear out of the Auditorium immediately after the performance to make room for the 1st grade performance that will take place after our concert.


AHS Orchestras OMEA STATE Orchestra Performance
The AHS orchestras perform at the State Orchestra Competition on Friday, Feb. 27th at Brecksville Broadview Hts HS.  This is a mandatory performance as discussed numerous times in class and as discussed at Open House back in September.  Please see the following information shee that was handed out in class.  We NEED parent volunteers to ride the school bus and watch our homerooms.  Please read the packet and email Mr. Burdett at if you can help volunteer.  Thank you.  STATE Orchestra Information Sheet.
arket 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. 
Paper orders must be submitted to Mr. Burdett by Thursday, Feb. 25th.  You can still order online at or by calling 877-632-7753 until Feb. 25th.  Please be sure to mention that you are with the Aurora Orchestra Association.
Orders must be picked up from Leighton Elementary School on Wednesday, March 4, 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.
AHS Philharmonic Senior Jim Lee performed with the Ohio All State Honors Orchestra at the Ohio Music Educator's Association Convention at the Cleveland Conference Center on Saturday, Feb.7th.  The All State Honors Orchestra Closed out the conference with the following pieces:
Star Spangled Banner
Triumphal March from Aida - Guiseppe Verdi
Prelude to Act I from Lohengrin - Richard Wagner
Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve - Manuel de Falla
The Wild Dove, Op. 110 - Antonin Dvorak
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.                                          


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