Instructor of Music



Pianist Timothy Burns is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience.

Dr. Burns has performed in a variety of collaborative and solo settings throughout the United States and Canada. He has worked with renowned choral conductors Brady R. Allred, Daniel Bara, Scott Tucker, and Amanda Quist, among others, with performances at such venues as New York City’s Riverside Church and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Additionally, Dr. Burns served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition, the 2012 International Viola Congress, the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, and the 2017 International Horn Competition of America. As an avid supporter for new and current music, Dr. Burns has performed works by current composers such as Mari Esabel Valverde, Margaret Brouwer, Mathjis van Dijk, Baljinder Sekhon, and James David, with numerous premiere performances. Appearances as a collaborative artist have included the Frick Collections’ “Salon Evening” concert series (2015) and ClarinetFest (2016).

In addition to his performing career, Dr. Burns is a dedicated educator, serving as instructor of collaborative piano, chamber music, and music theory in addition to piano accompanying duties. Past summer residences include the New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Studies program, the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary, the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” institute, the Lift Clarinet Academy, and the Just Chamber Music program.

Dr. Burns holds degrees in piano performance, music theory pedagogy, and collaborative piano from Duquesne University and the Eastman School of Music, studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr. Currently, he serves as supervisor of piano accompanying at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.