Michael Burton

Born:                 September 11,1954
Died:                 November 6, 1994

Turtle Years:   1985-1994
Section:            Bass/Accompanist

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Michael was born on September 11, 1954 in Liberal, Kansas. He attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas where he attained a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 1978. He attained his Masters of Music in 1980.

Michael played string bass and cello for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Wichita, Kansas. He also played with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra upon relocating to Texas in 1984.

Michael worked for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit in the Mobility Services Department as a Rideshare Specialist.

Michael played piano for his own enjoyment and loved 20th century music, especially Stravinsky and Copeland. Until ill health prevented his participation in the summer of 1994, he enjoyed sharing the experience of making beautiful music with the Chorale.

Michael passed away on November 6, 1994.

At the time of his death, Michael was survived by his parents; Sadie and Lyle Burton and a brother, Richard Burton of Iola Kansas. At the time of his death, Michael’’s best friend and care giver was Tab Boyles, also a member of the Chorale.

Michael is interred in Yates Center, Kansas.

A Turtle’s History

In 1985, Michael joined the Turtle Creek Chorale. In addition, to singing in the Bass section, he occasionally played accompaniment for the Chorale and can be heard playing percussion on the TCC Rutter Requiem CD. His first performance with the Chorale was in the “BRAVO” concert in September, 1985 at Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University. He sang with the Chorale through October 1994. During that time, he was featured in three productions.

JUBILATE! – December 1985 – played the Cello for “O Magnum Mysterium”

INTERMEZZO – March 1986 – sang “It Est Bel Et Bon” with the Madrigals

THE WIZARD OF OZ – October 1993 – Played the part of a Poppy

Michael was an accompanist during the Chorale’s 7th season and a Bass Section leader during the Chorale’s 11th & 12th seasons.

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