Chris D. BurtonChris D. Burton is a composer and conductor. He studied composition at Baylor University under Scott McAllister and at the Florida State University under Ladislav Kubik. Burton’s works have received performances on three continents and have received a number of awards including being a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition.

Burton’s love for opera began after meeting Shelley. His first opera, The Self-Portrait of Jonathan Jenkins, was left unfinished in 2010 and completed the summer of 2012 for its premiere at the New Orleans Fringe Festival in November. Under Burton’s baton, a cast of 12 put on the production with its full orchestration over 4 nights of performances. Burton is completing his second opera, The Nightingale, for its premiere this fall in Kansas City.

Burton conducts for New Fangled Opera. He studied choral conducting under Andre Thomas at FSU and has directed ensembles in church choirs since then. He loves to work with other musicians in collaborative projects and looks forward to helping new music come to life through New Fangled Opera.