ALEXANDRIA, VA - Following today’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announced the faculty appointment of Marty Wheeler Burnett, D.Min., M.Mus., as Associate Professor of Church Music.
“We were excited by the field of candidates we had to engage with, and we are delighted with the appointment of Dr. Burnett,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president. "She will truly bring depth and commitment to this work.”
Since 2007, Burnett has led and coordinated the music ministry at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska. As Canon Precentor, she conducted the Cathedral Choir, Schola Cantorum, Requiem Choir, and Summer Choir, and served as director of the children’s and youth choir program, Cantate Choral Academy. In addition, she oversaw the Handbell Ensemble and coordinated concerts and special music events. An award-winning educator, Burnett previously served as Director of Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Music at College of Saint Mary in Omaha. She currently serves as president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, an organization of musicians and clergy serving the Episcopal Church.
In 2010, she received her doctoral degree, with a liturgical music focus, from Sewanee: The University of the South. In 1988, she received her Master of Music degree (Organ Performance) from Rice University.
Burnett will move onto the VTS campus in the summer of 2020.
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