Doug Burtch is the Artistic Director and founding Conductor of the East Shore Wind Symphony. Starting very young as a conductor and teacher, Mr. Burtch has conducted and taught at all levels including elementary music, middle and high school, collegiate and adult bands. In his most recent position as a graduate teaching assistant at Central Michigan University (2007-2009), Mr. Burtch conducted the University Band, Symphony Band, Chamber Ensembles and was the founding conductor of the CMU Campus Band. In addition to these primary teaching responsibilities, Mr. Burtch was a frequent guest conductor with the CMU Wind Symphony, the critically acclaimed CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Chippewa Marching Band.
During his tenure at Central Michigan University, Mr. Burtch was praised for his original programming and is credited with starting and producing the first annual Chippewa Band-O-Rama concert, which still continues today, conducting the premier performance of the CMU Campus Band and working collaboratively with the choral department to produce the first ever performance combining the CMU Chamber Choir and Symphony Band. In addition to his conducting responsibilities, Mr. Burtch taught classes in Instrumental Organization and Supervision and undergraduate wind conducting.
Prior to his appointment at CMU, Mr. Burtch was the Director of Bands and Chair of the Music Department in the Cass City Public School District. During his tenure in Cass City, bands under his direction consistently received superior ratings at Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District and State Festivals. The concert band was selected to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and was also selected to perform at the prestigious Michigan Music Conference in 2006. The music department enjoyed unprecedented success during his time at Cass City with an expanded curriculum including Music Theory, Music Appreciation and three jazz ensembles. Mr. Burtch guided the band program to an enrollment of 300 students in grades 5-12 and developed a K-12 curriculum, taught by four faculty, that offered vocal and instrumental music to every student.
Mr. Burtch maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician. In January of 2013 Mr. Burtch was honored to be selected as the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association (MSBOA) District IX Junior Honor Band Conductor and in December of 2013 Mr. Burtch will conduct the MSBOA District II High School Honor Band in Petoskey, MI. His research, Management & Leadership: Implications for the Secondary School Music Teacher, was selected for presentation at the 2008 Michigan Music Conference. He is included in six editions of Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was awarded an honorary membership in the national band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi.
Mr. Burtch is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association and the Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association. He is a past president of Michigan School Band & Orchestra Association District III and has served in the capacity of Secretary and Vice President for Adjudication.
Mr. Burtch holds a Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Saginaw Valley State University.
East Shore Wind Symphony History