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Burt, Matthew (1977-Present)

Bass singer, organist, choir director and liturgist born in England who was a graduate from Oxford University who moved to the USA in 1998 and went on to obtain a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University and a Master of Divinity degree at Harvard University.  He was a member of The Harvard University Choir and appeared on their yuletide offering, Christmas in the Busch.  He was also the music director of The Harvard Early Music Society for their rendition of the Rousseau-Mozart singspiel, Bastien and Bastienne at the Office for the Arts at Harvard Performance Fair on 5th May 2001.

On 20th May 2004, he directed the premiere of Carson Cooman’s Missa Brevis (“Trottier”), which was written on a commission from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

By 2007 he had relocated to California where he worked at Christ Church, Alameda, was the Director of music ministry at the Christ Episcopal Church in Portola Valley and was the Liturgical Project Director at All Saints Company based in San Francisco.  He was also the managing director of The Harvard University Hymn Book published in 2007.

He went on to become a West Regional Councillor in the American Guild of Organists.  Working with the Transfiguration Episcopal Church of California he has also been the Chair of the Executive Council and Peninsula Deanery President and a member of the Committee for the Dispatch of Business in California.

Harvard University Choir recordings
Adeste Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Pro Organo CD 7134 (Christmas in the Busch)
ConductorMurray Forbes Somerville
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Director – Robert Mealy
The Harvard Brass
Soprano – Awet Andemichael
Bass – Mark Risinger
Organists – Erica Johnson and Edward Jones

Here is the Harvard University Choir singing his composition “Sweet is the Day”…


  3. Liner notes:  Christmas in the Busch