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Burke Lokey

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High School, Upton Middle School
Teaching Grade
6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Education Focus
Fine Arts

Burke Lokey is the Orchestra Director for St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI. Under his leadership the Orchestras have earned top ratings at Michigan School Band and Orchestra Festivals, and in 2012 the Chamber Orchestra received 3rd place at the National Orchestra Festival. This past summer Burke led the SJHS Orchestras on a performance tour of California with stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Before coming to St. Joseph he taught instrumental music in New York City and Rockland County, NY.  Burke played with several ensembles including Greater Newburgh Symphony and the Rockland Symphony, where he was a guest conductor, and was principal violist of The String Ensemble of Rockland. He helped build a thriving string program in Nyack, NY that has been recognized on a State and National level. During that time he has arranged music for, and conducted ensembles that were showcased at such venues as the Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and New York State Music Association Conferences.

Burke has an extensive background in Music Education having received a BA in Music and String Pedagogy from Arizona State University (’01) and a MA in Music Education from Columbia University (’08). He has led workshops and presentations on the use of Music Technology for education and Music Advocacy in the community. He has studied viola under Dr. William Magers, Patricia Cosand, and also with Dr. Katherine Sinsabaugh when he performed a solo recital in New York City. Burke shares his love of music with his wife, Becky and two young sons, Ryan and Evan. He also enjoys cooking, sports, reading, and traveling.

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Wednesday January 24
Semester Exams (MS/HS) No PM Classes Grades 6-12 Only
Friday January 26
1/2 Day Y5/K-12
Friday January 26, 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Semester Exams (MS/HS)
Wednesday February 7
Student Count Day
Wednesday February 7
Y5/K-12 1 Hr. Late Start - Professional Development

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