has become internationally recognized as a teacher of voice. He has vocal studios in New York City, Rumson NJ, and Sandisfield MA.
Herbert Burtis taught voice at Harvard University from 1979-1990. He currently teaches voice at Smith College in Northampton,
MA and at his home in Sandisfield, MA.
A number of his vocal students are presently to be heard on Compact Disc and seen on Opera Videos, notably Marti Bookstein, Janet Brown, Jane Bryden, Eileen Clark, Judith Gray, Jennifer Lauby, Peggy Noecker, sopranos, Ted Huffman, treble, Karen Goldfeder, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, and Barbara Rearick, mezzo-
sopranos, Mark Kagan and James Reese, tenors, Benjamin Luxon,
Chad Karl, Jeremy Lees, James Maddalena, and Nathaniel Watson, baritones, Nigel Brookes
and Alan Gibson, basses, and Nancy Ford, cabaret singer and composer of
I'm Getting my Act Together and Taking it on the Road and other theatre pieces.
Mr. Burtis and Janet Brown appear on a CD of songs by Ernst Bacon (CRI), Fond Affection, recorded live at the Bacon Centennial concert at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA. It also contains Bacon songs sung by Amy Burton. It was recommended for a Grammy award.
When the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson made her Metropolitan Opera début in 1999 as Myrtle in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, she was the fifth student of Mr. Burtis's to be on the roster of that company. The others were Anne Runyon Hurd, mezzo-soprano, Ted Huffman, treble, Pamela Munson, mezzo-soprano, and Benjamin Luxon, baritone. Ms. Hunt Lieberson returned to the Met to sing Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens. The Met had planned to stage a new production of Gluck’s Orfeo for her in 2006. After her death, the production was performed in her memory. When baritone James Maddalena made his début in John Adams's Nixon in China, he became the sixth student of Mr. Burtis is appear on the Metropolitan Opera House roster.
Current students of his who teach on university campuses include Janet Brown at Syracuse University; Jane Bryden, Judith Gray, and Karen Smith Emerson teach at Smith College with Mr. Burtis; Barbara Rearick at Princeton University; Nathaniel Watson at the University of Toronto, Canada; and Emily Romney at The Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.
He is the author of Sing On! Sing On!, published in 1992 by ECS Publications, Boston, Massachusetts, and Vocalizing from the Ground Up!, published by Alberti Productions in 2000. This entertaining book contains two CDs, which are narrated by Mr. Burtis. The vocalises are sung by soprano Janet Brown and the foreign language diction exercises are spoken by Jeanne Bovet, French, Heinke Brendler, German, and Mary Carter, Italian. Mr. Burtis's book How to make your arm into a wet noodle!, the life, method and followers of the famed Viennese piano teacher of the late 19th and early 20th century, Theodor Leschitizky, has recently been released by Alberti Productions and is available from the author.
Herbert Burtis has had a many-faceted career in music. As a pianist, organist and harpsichordist he has performed throughout the United States, Denmark, Germany, Austria, France, Bermuda, and the West Indies. He has twice performed the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach in fourteen concerts at Columbia University, his alma mater, as well as the complete organ works of César Franck in St. Thomas Church, New York City and elsewhere. His interest in contemporary music for organ has included performances of the Arnold Schönberg Variations on a Recitative at Harvard University, in New York City and throughout the USA.
For many years he toured internationally with the concert comedienne Gertrude Neidlinger, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall début in 1967
He had the honor of playing before Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Recently he appeared once more at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with singers Janet Brown, Judith Gray, and Barbara Rearick in the Alberti Productions presentation of Love, Women, & Song!
With the piano duo, Burtis/Benoist, he has performed in Carnegie Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, and throughout the USA. As a collaborative chamber player he has appeared in the Kluksdahl (cello)/Burtis Duo, Reed-Ulmer (flute)/Burtis Duo, and Hedwig (trumpet)/Burtis Duo in Weill Hall, nationally and internationally, as well as in worldwide tours with various other artists. As a young musician in New York City he accompanied Metropolitan Opera singers Judith Raskin, soprano and Jerome Hines, basso.
Mr. Burtis's teachers include Mahlon Searnes, Harriet Hillier Burchill, Mrs. William H. Neidlinger, Anna Hamlin, and Olga Averino, voice; Carolyn Willard, Helen Kiel, and Ernst Victor Wolff, piano; Vernon de Tar, Claire Coci, and Marilyn Mason, organ; Gustave Leonhardt, harpsichord; Harold Friedell and Searle Wright, composition.
Mr. Burtis was one of fifty auditors selected to participate in the Christa Ludwig master classes at Carnegie Hall in December 2000.
Mr. Burtis teaches voice at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and at his home, Rood Hill Farm in Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
Students of his have performed at:
Series at Lincoln Center
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