Performers to Premiere Musical Compositions, Give Public Lecture

CANTON — Performers JW Turner and Lyn Ellen Burkett will give a lecture and premiere musical works by modern composers Bryan Burkett, William Pfaff and In-Sil Yoo during a daylong residency at St. Lawrence University on Friday, Sept 13.

Lyn Ellen Burkett, a pianist and harpsichordist, is an assistant professor of music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she teaches music theory and courses on gender studies and popular music. She previously taught at SUNY Potsdam and Indiana University, teaching courses on rock music, women and popular music in the U.S., and rock criticism. 

Turner, a violoncellist, is a professor at High Point University in North Carolina and teaches the integrated music core curriculum. He also serves as president of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society.

Turner and Burkett will premiere Bryan Burkett’s “Toccata, Song and Meditation” for violoncello and piano and “The Three Charities” for piano, Pfaff’s “Elegy” for solo cello, and Yoo’s “Memory.”

Bryan Burkett’s music has been performed in Sweden, Germany, Australia, and around the U.S. In 1996, his piece for bassoon and tympani, “Butterflies and Elephants,” was performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. 

Pfaff is an active composer and associate professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Pfaff founded an annual guitar festival at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he composes and performs works for electric and acoustic guitar.

Yoo, an associate professor of music at St. Lawrence University, has had her music performed in the United States, France, and South Korea by choirs and ensembles, including the Laurentian Singers, the Korean Symphony Orchestra and the Alexander String Quartet.  

The lecture, “Women and Popular Music,” will take place at 11 a.m. and the performance will take place at 8 p.m. Both events will be held in the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall in the Griffiths Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Julia Pomainville at 315-229-5184 or visit