Raymond Burkhart

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1998-1999   Tehachapi Community Orchestra   Music Director
2009   Pomona College Orchestra   Conductor
2007   Members of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra   Conductor
1997   Composers Ensemble Los Angeles   Conductor
1983-84   Westdale Chamber Orchestra   Music Director
1991, 1992   Pasadena Pops Orchestra   Guest Conductor
1992   Burbank Symphony   Guest Conductor
1998   Glendale College Orchestra   Assistant Conductor
1989-1990   Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra   Assistant Conductor
1983   Occidental College/Caltech    
    Collegiate Symphony Orchestra   Assistant Conductor

Opera and Musical Theater

2001 - 2003   Pasadena City College Chamber Opera   Conductor

ay is an experienced conductor in the fields of orchestra, chamber opera, musical theater, band, and jazz band, and he has successfully conducted professional, collegiate, community, and youth ensembles.

In 2014 Ray conducted the Banda Musicale Città di Staffolo and a large brass ensemble of Italian and American brass players as part of the 20th Annual Music Festival in Staffolo, Italy. On the program were several of Ray's own compositions.

He served as Music Director of the Tehachapi Community Orchestra, the Ventura British Brass Band, and the Westdale Chamber Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the Burbank Symphony. He conducted both the Pomona College Orchestra and Pomona College Band as a sabbatical substitute, and in three seasons as Conductor of the Pasadena City College Chamber Opera he conducted eleven fully staged chamber operas, including four world premieres.

His conducting teachers include Daniel Lewis, Harold Farberman, Gustav Meier, Jorge Mester, and Thomas Somerville.


Conductors Guild
Professional Musicians, Local 47
World Association for Symphonic Bands
  and Ensembles


2003 SEASON   Sam Dennison, Rappaccini's Daughter   Ray Conduction
    Thomas Pasatieri, Signor Deluso  
    Pergolesi, La Serva Padrona  
2002 SEASON   Barber, A Hand of Bridge  
    Hindemith, Hin und zuruck  
    Menotti, The Telephone  
    Offenbach, Not in Front of the Waiter  
2001 SEASON   Gary Bachlund, Prelude to a Fable  
    [World Premiere]  
    Bachlund, The Emperor's New Clothes  
    [World Premiere]  
    Bachlund, The Match Girl [World Premiere]  
    Bachlund, The Love Charm [World Premiere]  
1992   Foothill Youth Summer Theatre, Peter Pan  


2014   Banda Musicale Città di Staffolo (Italy)   Guest Conductor
2012-2014   College of the Canyons Symphonic Band   Conductor
2006-2007   Ventura British Brass   Music Director
1986-1990   San Marino Community Band   Music Director
2004   Claremont Graduate University Doctoral Recital   Conductor
2003   Pomona College Band   Conductor
2007   Caltech Wind Ensemble   Guest Conductor
2004   Linfield College Band, McMinnville OR   Guest Conductor
1995   San Gabriel Valley Concert Band   Guest Conductor
1986   Caltech Wind Ensemble   Guest Conductor
1985   University of Southern California Wind Ensemble   Student Conductor

Professional Organizations

1998-present   Conductors Guild   Member
1997-2007   American Symphony Orchestra League   Member
1997-2004   Association of California Symphony Orchestras   Member

Advanced Conducting Study

2004   DMA Conducting Student of Jorge Mester, Claremont Graduate University
2003   DMA Conducting Student of David Whitwell, Claremont Graduate University
2003   California Conducting Workshop: John Farrer, Daniel Lewis, Donald Thulean;
    Bakersfield Symphony
1999   American Symphony Orchestra League Conductors Workshop: David Loebel,
    Raymond Harvey, Apo Hsu; San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
1999   Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conductors Workshop:
    Michael Morgan
1998   American Symphony Orchestra League Conductors Workshop: Gustav Meier,
    David Loebel, John Whitney; Detroit Civic Symphony
1998   California Conducting Symposium: Jorge Mester, John Alexander
1998   Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conductors Workshop:
    Marin Alsop
1997   Hartt Conductors Institute Fellow: Harold Farberman, Dan Lewis,
    Christopher Wilkins
1997   Association of California Symphony Orchestras Conductors Workshop:
    Jorge Mester