Saturday, October 17 | 11AM PT

Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

As part of its ongoing 2020/VIRTUAL Series and in furtherance of its mission to provide opportunities of educational growth to aspiring musicians everywhere, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale is excited to offer a Virtual Masterclass with celebrated bass-baritone and PBO friend Dashon Burton. From a pool of applicants, Mr. Burton will select three emerging artists to work with him in this live Zoom event. Their submitted performance videos will be showcased, followed by a short lesson with Mr. Burton in real time.

This Virtual Masterclass is an exclusive event for our 2020/VIRTUAL Members. Click here to learn more!

Applications are now open through Friday, October 9!

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career in opera, recital, and with orchestra.  Key elements of his repertoire include Bach’s Passions and the B minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven 9, the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Dashon is a frequent guest with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and he has appeared with many other major orchestras of the United States, Europe, and Japan. Burton’s album, Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome, was singled out by the New York Times as “profoundly moving…a beautiful and lovable disc.” A multi-year San Francisco Performances Resident Artist, Burton is an original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, with whom he tours internationally, and won a Grammy for their recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prizewinning Partita for 8 Voices.

“Then came the biggest surprise: the young bass Dashon Burton outshining the trumpet in ‘The trumpet shall sound,’ his enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable of doing what he was singing about, that is, raising the dead.”

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Dashon Burton

More Virtual Masterclasses coming soon…

Please e-mail PBO’s Director of Education Lisa Grodin ( for more information.

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale partners with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and other institutions every season to provide the opportunity for local music students to participate in masterclasses and one-day intensive training workshops with world class performing artists and respected teachers. The student body may participate and the general public is welcome to attend free of charge. These events provide opportunities for emerging artists to gain one-on-one guidance and helpful critique from some of the world’s master musicians, right in front of a live audience.