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About the Artist


Canary Burton is an American keyboardist, composer and writer. Burton was born in Richmond, California (September 1942) and later lived in El Paso, Texas. She studied music at the University of Idaho at Moscow from 1972-79 and then relocated to Washington, D.C. and on to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Burton continued her studies with several jazz and classical performers and composers, spending 2 years working with John Zielinski in composition. She worked as a piano teacher from 1978 to 2000.

Burton founded and played in various rock and jazz ensembles while completing her education and had a History of American Music and a Jazz show at KUOI FM in Moscow, Idaho.When she moved to  Washington, D.C.she worked writing copy for the WPFW FM's newspaper, sold advertizing and stuffed a lot of envelopes. After moving to the Cape, she established her own contemporary music show, "The Latest Score" on WOMR FM in Provincetown, MA. Selected pieces of her work were included in the published collection "Music of Living Composers" compiled by the Campbell University piano professor and composer Betty Wishart in 1997. Moving to Cape Cod proved fruitful for Canary. Her works have been and are performed internationally. She won The PatsyLu award for her cello and viola composition from the International Alliance for Women in Music. She has 8 albums completed. See