Kevin R. Burke

Dr. Kevin R. Burke holds a BM in music performance (French horn) from Appalachian State University and two degrees, a MM in music history and a PhD in musicology, from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). During graduate school, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant for dissertation research at Ludwig-Maximilians Universit├Ąt and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich, Germany. While working on his PhD in Musicology at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Dr. Burke completed coursework and exams for secondary study in Ethnomusicology and participated in the Latin American and West African performance groups. He manages the campus's collection of non Western instruments and students from his World Music course frequently play West African rhythms on Djembes for concerts as well as for fun on the campus mall. Dr. Burke is an active scholar in the area of early nineteenth-century German opera and his research centers on the collective reception history of German language opera in print media. He has presented papers on the criticism of operas by Louis Spohr, Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann, and Wilhelm Sutor at several regional, national, and international conferences. In addition to contributions to the journals Music Research Forum and Ethnomusicology, he has also reviewed symphony concerts for the Cincinnati Post. Recently his interests have expanded to learning non-Western instruments, exploring musical narratives in film, and arranging new music for the Franklin College student brass quartet.