Soprano and Violinist Samantha Burke, is a student of Amy Shoremount-Obra (The Metropolitan Opera, NY) at Brooklyn College Conservatory (M.M) and Erika Kiesewetter (Concertmaster of The American Symphony, NY) (B.M.) from Bard College. She also studied closely with renowned Hungarian musicologist Peter Laki, to develop a senior thesis on the opera Otello from Desdemona's point of view and later, a concert lecture series focused on making opera accessible to audiences. She is a frequent scholarship recipient and has won awards in Georgia and New York competitions.
During the 2020 season, Ms. Burke was scheduled to perform as a soloist with The New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall with the Brooklyn College Conservatory choirs (canceled due to Covid-19),additionally she was a semi-finalist in the New York Art Song Preservation Society Competition, and this Fall is preparing the title roles of Carmen (Bizet's opera Carmen) and Elle (in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine) to be performed in the Spring of 2021. Samantha has sung for numerous masterclasses featuring artists such as: International Soprano, Angel Blue, and American composers, Ricky Ian Gordon, Libby Larsen, and Jake Heggie to name a few.
Equally proficient as a violinist, Ms. Burke has studied the violin for over 20 years and has performed in orchestras and ensembles in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York. Her concert repertoire spans from Mozart to Shostakovich, and modern music as well. At the age of 15, she won the Tim Redovian Scholarship of Atlanta, and attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival hosted by members of the Philadelphia Philharmonic.
Samantha is currently pursuing her Masters in Opera at Brooklyn College's Conservatory while teaching privately voice, strings, and piano.