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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 17 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 called released in 2014.

Mr. Burdett lives in Aurora with his wife (Katie), 7 year old daughter, Ellie, 5 year old daughter Aubrey and 2 year old daughter Julia.

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

There will be a Orchestra Bahamas Cruise Parent Info Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 7:00 PM in the AHS Orchestra room.
You can find more information about the cruise in the links to the left.
Welcome back to school!  I hope you have had a fun and relaxing summer break.  I am looking forward learning and growing and making music with you this school year.  Parents: please take a moment and complete any necessary information in the following areas to make sure this school year goes smoothly and so your children can be successful.
1. Parent/Student Contact Info
2. Orchestra Calendar Date
3. Parent/Student Communication through "Remind"
4. Parent Volunteer opportunities through "Sign Up Genius"
5. Review the Orchestra Handbook so you understand all rules and obligations
6.  Orchestra Open House Information
Parent / Student Contact Info
Communication is very important.  Most information that you will need for the year is found on this website, however it is occasionally necessary to share changes, add information or even send out simple remind messages.  Often that will be done through the free "Remind" service mentioned below.  However, for longer or more complex messages we will send out emails or even call home.  Please complete the Parent/Student Contact Form so we can stay in touch. If your contact information changes during the course of the school year, please let me know.  Additionally, please feel free to contact me via email at (preferred) or by phone at (330) 954-2130.  In most cases I will get back to you within 24 hours during the week.
2015-2016 Orchestra Calendar Dates
   Please click on the Orchestra Calendar for an up to date list of concert dates and events. This is a Google Doc and any changes to the calendar during the school year will be reflected here.  I will try to notify you through Remind if there are any changes.
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.

If you are a 6th Grade orchestra parent or the parent of a new orchestra student then you will need to sign up for this free service with one of the links below.  If you had already signed up for Remind last year and your information has not changed, then you don't need to do anything.  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.

Harmon students and parents can find out how to sign up for texts or emails by clicking HERE

High School orchestra students and parents can find out how to sign up for texs or emails by clicking HERE
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.
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.


Orchestra Handbook

The orchestra handbook is very important for understanding all rules and procedures.  Please take a moment and become familiar with this document.

Orchestra Handbook


Orchestra Open House Information

If you were unable to attend open house this year I have the packet posted online.  There is also a link to the Aurora Ultimate Boosters Membership Form.  HS students will also need the Uniform Cleaning Fee Form and HS Boys will need the Tuxedo Shirt/Bow Tie Order Form in the next section below.

Open House Packet

Ultimate Booster Membership Form


High School Orchestra Uniforms

Uniform fittings for incoming freshmen and new HS students take place on schedule handout day each year.  If students missed that opportunity, then we will size students during class with the first several weeks of school.  Every HS Orchestra student needs to pay the Uniform Cleaning Fee each year.  This form is handed out in class and is also available here - Orchestra Uniform Cleaning Fee

Male HS Orchestra Students will also need to purchase their own white Tuxedo shirt and black bow tie.  We can order these in bulk and get a better rate than you generally find in the store.  You are welcome to purchase the shirt and bow tie through us or on your own.  If your bowtie and shirt from last year still fit and are in good condition, then there is no need to order a new one.  The form is handed out in class and is also avialable here - Tuxedo Shirt / Bow Tie Order Form

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