Dr. John Burkett
Organ and Piano
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, John Burkett began studying the piano and the organ at ages 6 and 9 respectively. Pre-college study with Harald Rohlig, Mark McGowin and Gene Jarvis led to further study at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels with Ramona Beard, Robert Clark and Jerald Hamilton. After a year's teaching experience in Nebraska at Kearney State College and the University of Nebraska, Dr. Burkett came to ETSU (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1972 where he teaches a wide variety of courses. He has played for churches since the age of 13 and has served as organist to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, Texas since 1975. Dr. Burkett also played the cello in the ETSU orchestra from 1977 to 1989. As a composer, Dr. Burkett has written numerous hymn-based compositions for solo organ and solo piano, most of which remain unpublished. In 1995, however, he co-authored 101 Favorite Hymn Harmonizations for Keyboard, which was published by Abingdon Press of Nashville. Demonstrating an interest in subjects other than music, Dr. Burkett earned a B. S. degree from ETSU in 1986 with majors in computer science and mathematics. For several years he taught beginning courses in the department of Computer Science at ETSU.