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Praised for his "nobility and rich tone," (The New York Times) and his "enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable ... [of] raising the dead;" (Wall Street Journal), bass-baritone Dashon Burton recently brought home a 2nd prize (no 1st prizes awarded) from the 2012 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, plus the first prize in Oratorio from the 49th International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. These awards follow his First Place wins last spring in both the 2012 Oratorio Society of New York Competition and the Bach Choir of Bethlehem's Competition for Young American Singers.
In the current season, Burton sings performances of Handel's Messiah with Philharmonia Baroque, Maasaki Suzuki conducting; and with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall; J.S. Bach's Cantata no. 63 and the Magnificat with M. Suzuki in California; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Charlotte Symphony; J.S. Bach's St. John Passion with Le Concert Lorrain in Copenhagen and Budapest with Christoph Prégardien; Haydn's Nelson Mass in Allentown, PA; and the title role in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, PA and at the Strathmore Center in Bethesda, MD.
Burton appears frequently with Trinity Church Wall Street and music director Julian Wachner, with whom he has sung Bach’s St. John Passion and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times wrote, “the bass-baritone Dashon Burton …. is possessed of a clarion D that served him well in ‘The trumpet shall sound.’” He also sang the Fauré Requiem in a Trinity Wall Street 9/11 memorial concert and, with the Yale Schola Cantorum, the St. Matthew Passion with Maasaki Suzuki in New York and Rome.
Mr. Burton began his professional studies at Case Western Reserve University and graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Immediately upon graduation, he was invited to join Cantus, a professional men's classical vocal ensemble based in Minneapolis and known for its concerts and collaborations with renowned organizations and artists such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops, James Sewell Ballet, and Bobby McFerrin.
After his tenure with Cantus ended in 2009, Burton entered Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied vocal literature including Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Mendelssohn's Elijah under tenor James Taylor. He received his Master of Music degree in 2011.
Recent performances include Bach’s Cantata No. 82, Ich habe genug with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Nick Baskin’s Greenfields with the Yale Concert Band, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 led by Masaaki Suzuki, and a new work, Justin Tierney’s La escritura del Dios, with New Music New Haven.
In addition to his work in early music, Mr. Burton is an avid performer of new music and has premiered works by Edie Hill and William Brittelle. He is a founding member of Roomful of Teeth (under the direction of Brad Wells), an ensemble devoted to new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques.