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Shannon Salyards-Burton

Shannon Salyards-Burton

Instructor of Voice

Department: Department of Music


  • B.M., Voice Performance, St. Olaf College
  • M.M., Voice Performance, Boston University
Shannon Salyards-Burton


Soprano Shannon Salyards has performed as a soloist in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, the Salt Lake Tabernacle, and numerous major cathedrals. Originally from Hastings, Nebraska, since her return to the Midwest, Salyards has been engaged as a soloist with the Temple Square Chorale and Orchestra in Salt Lake City, Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Hastings (Neb.) Symphony Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra, Worthington (Minn.) Area Symphony Orchestra, Analog Arts Ensemble, Nebraska Choral Arts Society, Sioux County Oratorio Chorus, and Nebraska Wind Symphony; in recital for Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum, the Sioux City Chamber Music Association, Doane College, Hastings College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Briar Cliff University; and on both the Abendmusik and Arts for the Soul concert series' in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her 2017-2018 performance highlights include performances of Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Canterbury Voices and Tulsa Oratorio Society for the Southwestern Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, a recital at the National Music Museum with pianist Richard Steinbach, and other regional engagements.

Equally at home in recital, opera, or oratorio, her repertoire ranges from standard works such as Bach's St. John Passion and numerous cantatas, Handel's Gloria and Messiah, Haydn's Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Exultate, Jubilate, Mass in C Minor, Requiem, and Vespers, Schubert's Mass in G, and Vivaldi's Gloria, to Crumb's Madrigal Book I, Messiaen's Poemes pour Mi, and new works by modern composers Abbie Betinis, Jorge Grossmann, Jayce Ogren, Brian Pfoltner, and Christopher Stanichar.

During Salyards' years in Boston, she was featured as a soloist with the Arden String Quartet, Back Bay Chorale and Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, Boston Orpheus Ensemble, Boston University Choral Society, Brookline Chorus, Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium, the Masterworks Chorale, the New Music Ensemble of Boston, and at the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire. She also appeared in the ensemble for Opera Boston's critically acclaimed production of Nixon in China.

Ms. Salyards is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), including service as an officer in the Iowa and Lewis & Clark chapters, and teaches voice at Briar Cliff University in addition to maintaining an extensive private voice studio. Her prior teaching experiences include the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Doane College, Hastings College, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Western Iowa Tech Community College. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, magna cum laude, from St. Olaf College (where she appeared as a soloist with the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir many times) and the Master of Music degree in Voice Performance, with department honors, from Boston University.