Dr. Brian Burns
Music Director - Dr. Brian Burns brings extensive experience in the world of church music, most recently serving for six years as Music Director for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church here in Dubuque where he oversaw a extensive program of organists, cantors, choirs and contemporary ensembles.When he is not engaged in church work, Dr Burns is Director of the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he teaches ensembles, music education courses, music history classes and conducts musical theatre performances. Dr. Burns’s academic research interests include American choral-orchestral music, from the late 19th century to the present day, but he also impressed our Music Committee with his enthusiasm for church music from all over the world. He is looking forward to maximizing our five octaves of newly refurbished bells with new combinations of choirs and musical volunteers.
Dr Elaina Burns, Organist
Our organist, Dr. Elaina Burns, began playing the organ in 1993, winning the esteemed Organ Award at Interlochen in 1999. She has served as an organist and pianist at churches in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa. Dr. Elaina Burns holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from the universities of Oklahoma, Colorado, and Delaware. She currently teaches in the music department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and maintains a thriving private teaching practice in Dubuque. As an active chamber musician in the tri-state area, Dr Elaina Burns has played in diverse local venues ranging from musical theater to the recent River Sojourn exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art. She impressed our committee with her ability to move from one style of music to another with ease. We were as moved when she pulled out the stops on our beautifully restored organ as when she tenderly played “Precious Lord” on our piano.
What an irony that, after a nationwide search, with many excellent applicants, our Music Committee ended up finding the very best candidates right here in Dubuque. And yes, in case you didn’t notice, it is not a coincidence that Dr. Brian Burns and Dr. Elaina Burns share the same last name. When they are not busy with music, they are the proud parents of six-year-old Danny, whose interests include soccer and cub scouts.