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Obituary: Dr. James R. Burke – Faculty Member 1957-1986 – September 18, 2014

LAFAYETTE – Dr. James R. Burke passed away on September 18, 2014.

He is survived by his niece, Kathleen Burke, of Austin, Texas.

Dr. Burke earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He began his many contributions in 1957 at the then Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later University of Southwestern Louisiana–contributions finally totaling over half a century as teacher, composer, arranger, writer, conductor, performer, union member, and donor to other musical events and organizations.

Teaching music theory and composition, explaining the intricacies of counterpoint and conducting, he helped educate and encouraged a career in music for many of Acadiana’s public and private band, orchestra, chorus, church choir directors, vocalists, and instrumentalists. As conductor of the University Orchestra, he gave instrumental majors the opportunity to learn more about woodwind, horn, and string ensemble playing. The USL Orchestra, under his baton, played for the many operas and musicals performed by the University Opera Guild and enjoyed by the public. He conducted the University Orchestra at Louisiana Music Teachers Association conventions in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, and took the orchestra to perform Rossinni’s “The Barber of Seville” with the USL Opera Guild at the Music Teachers’ National Association in Dallas.

He contributed time as an officer and member of professional music organizations, including Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Society, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and an honoray membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s professional music organization. He wrote articles for the American Music Teacher and collaborated with Dr. Paul Nolan of the USL English Department on a two-act musical, “The Highwayman,” and on “A Book of Songs and Olios for Melodrama.”

In community work, Dr. Burke was a solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist, and music arranger for many years and an untiring supporter of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Symphony’s Board at the time of his death. He wrote concert reviews for The Daily Advertiser, and program notes for both the Acadiana Symphony and Chorale Acadienne. He was a member of the Louisiana Composer Series of the University chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, whose performances showcased new works and delighted many Sunday afternoon listeners at the downtown library. He recorded and preserved performances of many of those works.

In 2008 a full musical tribute, “Some of My Favorite Tunes…” was presented for Dr. Burke by the Acadian Wind Symphony, conducted by Gerald Guilbeaux with eight of Lafayette’s finest vocalists and standing room only in the auditorium of South Louisiana Community College. Dr. Burke attended every rehearsal. He composed and arranged for many genres, but considered his finest work to be “Isabel,” his full-length musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, “Measure for Measure.” Shawn Roy presented the UL- Opera Theatre in the world premiere of “Isabel” in a concert version of its entirety in 2009.

Dr. Burke quietly supported many humanitarian organizations. He also encouraged musicians’ professional unions and urged others to do so. He contributed financially to a number of local music organizations. His many friends and colleagues found him witty, always reliable, completely professional, and a source of wide knowledge of current affairs, the latest music trends, football, and golf. He is remembered as a man of courage, dignity, discipline, wisdom, and kindness by his students, colleagues, fellow musicians, friends, and the community in general.

Published in the The Advertiser from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2014
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LAFAYETTE – Dr. James R. Burke passed away on September 18, 2014.

He is survived by his niece, Kathleen Burke, of Austin, Texas.

Dr. Burke earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He began his many contributions in 1957 at the then Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later University of Southwestern Louisiana–contributions finally totaling over half a century as teacher, composer, arranger, writer, conductor, performer, union member, and donor to other musical events and organizations.

Teaching music theory and composition, explaining the intricacies of counterpoint and conducting, he helped educate and encouraged a career in music for many of Acadiana’s public and private band, orchestra, chorus, church choir directors, vocalists, and instrumentalists. As conductor of the University Orchestra, he gave instrumental majors the opportunity to learn more about woodwind, horn, and string ensemble playing. The USL Orchestra, under his baton, played for the many operas and musicals performed by the University Opera Guild and enjoyed by the public. He conducted the University Orchestra at Louisiana Music Teachers Association conventions in Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, and took the orchestra to perform Rossinni’s “The Barber of Seville” with the USL Opera Guild at the Music Teachers’ National Association in Dallas.

He contributed time as an officer and member of professional music organizations, including Pi Kappa Lambda, the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Society, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Louisiana Music Teachers Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and an honoray membership in Sigma Alpha Iota, the women’s professional music organization. He wrote articles for the American Music Teacher and collaborated with Dr. Paul Nolan of the USL English Department on a two-act musical, “The Highwayman,” and on “A Book of Songs and Olios for Melodrama.”

In community work, Dr. Burke was a solo, chamber, and orchestral clarinetist, and music arranger for many years and an untiring supporter of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Symphony’s Board at the time of his death. He wrote concert reviews for The Daily Advertiser, and program notes for both the Acadiana Symphony and Chorale Acadienne. He was a member of the Louisiana Composer Series of the University chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, whose performances showcased new works and delighted many Sunday afternoon listeners at the downtown library. He recorded and preserved performances of many of those works.

In 2008 a full musical tribute, “Some of My Favorite Tunes…” was presented for Dr. Burke by the Acadian Wind Symphony, conducted by Gerald Guilbeaux with eight of Lafayette’s finest vocalists and standing room only in the auditorium of South Louisiana Community College. Dr. Burke attended every rehearsal. He composed and arranged for many genres, but considered his finest work to be “Isabel,” his full-length musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, “Measure for Measure.” Shawn Roy presented the UL- Opera Theatre in the world premiere of “Isabel” in a concert version of its entirety in 2009.

Dr. Burke quietly supported many humanitarian organizations. He also encouraged musicians’ professional unions and urged others to do so. He contributed financially to a number of local music organizations. His many friends and colleagues found him witty, always reliable, completely professional, and a source of wide knowledge of current affairs, the latest music trends, football, and golf. He is remembered as a man of courage, dignity, discipline, wisdom, and kindness by his students, colleagues, fellow musicians, friends, and the community in general.
Published in the The Advertiser from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2014