Sharon Rotuna - M.M. Music Education (2000)

Sharon RotunaBeaver County native Sharon (Rotuna) Burchill (M.M. Music Education, 2000; B.S., Music Education, 1997) is an active conductor, teacher, and singer, and is a third-generation choral conductor. She is the newly appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Beaver Valley Choral Society, taking over the baton from her father, Raymond Rotuna. Prior to this new post, Sharon served for 9 years as the Associate Conductor of the BVCS, working in additional aspects of marketing, education, outreach, and administration. Sharon founded the Treble Youth Chorale, the children's choral training ensemble within the BVCS. She also continues to hold the posts of Guest Conductor, Faculty, and Executive Director for the BVCS/RASD Summer Choral and Instrumental Music Academy, held in conjunction with the Rochester Area School District.

Sharon currently also conducts several youth and children's choirs in the Pittsburgh area. She is the High School Choir Director at Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh ; and Conductor of the Youth Choirs at Most Precious Blood of Jesus Parish: the Pueri Cantorum (Children's Choir) and Gradus Cantorum (High School Choir). Singers are trained in Gregorian chant and polyphony, and assist at several Latin Masses at the Parish. Both choirs also serve as guest choirs for schools and parishes who wish to incorporate chant and polyphony into their liturgy. Additionally, Sharon is a soprano member of the adult Schola Cantorum, and can be heard on their recording Resurrexit Sicut Dixit.

In addition to conducting and singing, she maintains a full private voice and piano studio for students of all ages, specializing in vocal college audition preparation. Sharon was inducted in to the Beaver County Musicians Hall of Fame in 2018 and was also the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Young Conductor Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Past appointments include Conductor of Novus Children's Choir in Pittsburgh; Artistic Director and Conductor of Coro Latinoamericano de Pittsburgh; Associate Conductor and Soprano Section Leader of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh; Conductor of the Westminster College Women's Choir; and Conductor of the Duquesne University Frauenchor. Choirs under her direction have performed in Ecuador, Canada, France, and Italy, where she conducted during a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Sharon has served on the music faculty at Duquesne University and Westminster College, and has also held teaching positions at Point Park University, the Jewish Community Center, Deer Lakes School District and North Catholic High School. She has been a sacred music cantor locally at the Roman Catholic Churches of St. Bernard, Saints Simon and Jude, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As a chorister, Sharon was a founding member of the Pittsburgh Girls' Choir, under the direction of J. Scot Franklin, the Junior Mendelssohn Choir and Mendelssohn Choir, under the direction of Dr. Robert Page; the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Dr. Brady R. Allred and Thomas Douglas, and the Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque Series with Don Franklin. She has toured North America, Canada, and many European countries, recorded extensively, and has performed with Sarah Brightman, Dave Brubeck, Joe Negri, and Tom Roberts. Sharon holds a B.S. in Music Education and an M. M. Ed., both from Duquesne University. She studied conducting with Dr. Brady Allred, Ann Howard Jones, and Dr. Caron Daley, and voice with Claudia Pinza, Maureen Budway, and Carol Ann Allred. Sharon resides in Beaver County with her husband and four children, which is her finest and most fulfilling vocation of all.

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