CREST HILL, Ill. – Silver Lake College alumna Audrie Burk recently was honored with the 2016 Illinois Grade School Music Association Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor’s Award.
Burk, who earned her Master of Music in Music Education with a Kodály emphasis from Silver Lake College in 2015, is choir director at Richland School District in Crest Hill, Illinois.
“Ms. Burk is a remarkable choral conductor and was truly deserving of this award,” said Edward Jones, IGSMA executive secretary-treasurer.
Burk, who is a leader in her profession, has developed an outstanding program for the choir students during her eight-year tenure with the school district, he said.
Her choirs have been five-time winners of the “Best of Day” award at the Illinois Elementary School Association’s music contest. Burk has prepared and secured positions for more than 60 students in the Illinois Music Educators Association honor choir.
Burk takes more than 50 students to the IGSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest, where they have consistently received Division I status.
Burk’s choirs started participating at the IGSMA state contest/festival in 2014 and received honors status for three consecutive years. Her fifth- and sixth-grade choir performed at the 2015 ILMEA Convention in Peoria, Illinois.
PHOTO: Silver Lake College alumna Audrie Burk accepts the 2016 Illinois Grade School Music Association’s Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award. She is choir director at the Richland School District in Crest Hill, Illinois. Presenting the award is Phil Robb, 2015 winner of the award. Photo courtesy IGSMA