Instructor of Voice
Director of Vocal Studies
Hayworth Fine Arts 213
Mezzo-Soprano DR. CANDICE BURROWS, co-chair of the vocal area at High Point University, is known for commanding a wide variety of musical styles. Initially a jazz singer, Burrows switched to the classical genre to further her vocal studies culminating in numerous vocal awards: a winner in the Oralia Dominguez International Opera competition in Mexico, a finalist in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera competition where she was also voted the “Outstanding Future Artist” award, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award recipient and the Outstanding Achievement award at USC in Los Angeles. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Santa Fe Orchestra, Boston Pops and Symphony, Tanglewood Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Phoenix Chamber Orchestra and Pops, New Jersey Symphony, June Opera Festival of New Jersey, Eugene Opera, New York Repertory Theater, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra, Oxford Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival. Some of the conductors she has worked with include; Seiji Ozawa, Helmuth Rilling, Marin Alsop, John Williams, Gunther Schuller and the late, great Leonard Bernstein.
Chosen twice as a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood Music Festival, she established a long standing relationship with Leonard Bernstein touring with him through Europe and Russia for his 70th birthday gala year. It was Bernstein that invited her to substitute for an ill Christa Ludwig, performing his Jeremiah Symphony at Tanglewood leading to future performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Pops.
Though Burrows is known predominantly for her recital and symphonic works, she is equally at home on the opera stage. Some of her more notable opera roles include; Rosina, Dorabella, Maddelena , Cenerentola, Nancy (Albert Herring), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Sesto, Baba (The Medium) and Helen Potts (Picnic/World Premier 2009).
Her reviews have called her “the next Janet Baker” (Albuquerque Journal), “hauntingly beautiful voice” (Eugene Register Guard), “Praiseworthy vocalism…” (New York Times), and referring to her opera performance of Rossini’s Cenerentola, the New Jersey Star Ledger stated “the role is hers forever!”
Burrows received her B.M. from the University of Oregon after studying abroad at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She was a student of mentor, Arleen Augér and coached exclusively with Gwen Koldofsky at the University of Southern California where she pursued her M.M. In 2006, Burrows returned to academia and received her DMA at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. In addition to teaching at High Point University, Dr. Burrows is a performing artist and member of the voice faculty at SongFest International Music Festival in Los Angeles. Many of her students have won voice competitions at the state, regional and national levels.