a version of my first CD Cover                                                                      photo by Marylou Blakeslee







Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternities    

A classical music society  that supports new music composers with grants  and scholarships through a series of  meetings, workshops, performances & networking among the "musicians of the hour".  


FEMALE PRESSUREFounded in 1998, female:pressure is an international network of over 1,600 female artists from 66 countries in the broader fields of electronic music and arts then perpetuated on the internet at:female_pressure@mailman.sil.at This is a member at work 



Solo piano Concert                                                                                                     Roxana Bajdechi plays Canary Burton's piano works on October 27th , 2013 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, South Yarmouth, Ma.


International Alliance of Women in Music      which is a coalition of professional composers, conductors, performers, musicologists, educators, librarians and performance venues.


Reviews in online Music Magazines  See Reviews and Concert pages


The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers  is a performing rights organization which licenses and collects royalties for performance of its members music.


 Kalvos & Demian New Music Bazaar  Advisor/commiserator. First online archive of living composers, as far as anyone knows, with their interviews and music.



  New Music Reviewer at Alternate Music Press  Four years of explaining music in prose. Ben Kettlewell, Editor 1996-1999.


 New York City Debut

John Zielinski performed Atlantic Sonata in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City on Nov. 11, l990. Third performance of  Costa Brava.



Apprentice Piano Technician


Moscow, Idaho and Washington DC.

1975 - 80 Rebuilt and repaired pianos under the tutelage of William S. Roberts,

Moscow, Idaho. Rebuilt an upright piano in Washington, DC  1982.





university seal   University of Idaho, Moscow


1973 - 75 Senior standing toward degree in music education, vocal and instrumental (meant I could take any course I wanted) Used college as a trade school. Piano with Dr. Richard Neher also flute and angel harp


1979 - 80 First woman, along with Yvonne Hoar, in University of Idaho history, to enter composition study, composition contests Studied with Dr. William Billingsley.



Piano Student


1995 Studied composition briefly with Rodney Lister, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory.

1990 - 92 Studied composition at length with John Zielinski, teacher at Boston Conservatory

1988 Met with with David Sussman, teacher at Berklee School of Music, Boston School of Music, Boston, Ma.1980 - 81 Studied with Keven Toney, original member of the Blackbyrds of Howard University, Washington, DC




Scores with parts and sound files can be found at the Wellfleet, Ma Library and in the FONDAZIONE ADKINS CHITI: DONNE IN MUSICA Teatro Comunale Piazza Trento e Trieste, 1003014 Fiuggi Cita (fr) Italy



Music of Living Composers 


Coral Gables, Florida,1997 compilation for piano teachers for intermediate pianists. "Contemporary Repertoire for Students" Betty Wishart, compiler. "Turkey Too" and "Sri Rama" were chosen. Sponsored by the Coral Gables Music Teachers Association.


"Viola Sola" chosen for publication in a book of viola solo's by the Faculty of Arts, University of Pristina, Serbia. 2013





Disc Jockey WOMR FM 92.1 FM Provincetown & WFMR FM 91.3:

"The Latest Score" broadcasts from Provincetown and Orleans, Ma Tuesdays from 1 to 4 pm EST. Womr.org streams 24 hours a day. Newmusic, ART MUSIC, 21st Century Classical, NonPop from 2000 to Present. Open to the world.


WPFW 89.3FM Pacifica streaming at WPFW.org  Washington, DC 1979-1984.

Newsletter writer, Ad sales, general pot scrubber, envelope stuffer. 


DJ at KUOI 89.3 FM Pacifica, KUOI.org University of Idaho at Moscow, 1975-78.  Jazz show and a History of American Music show.


Relevant Experience


Capella University Online

2000 Burton's midi work is included for teaching students how to manipulate audio and artwork; course taught by Adele Aldridge.


Show and Theater Production

1965-68 Costumer The Theater, most profitable little theater in El Paso Texas, now the Festival Theater.


Production in the Moscow, Idaho - Lewiston, Washington Area

From a gallery opening with music to a two day show outside with a cast of hundreds to a variety show to a fund raiser to an intimate birthday dinner and dance. Belly Dancers on Main Streets center line. 


Music/Piano Teacher, Moscow, Idaho, Washington, D.C.,Wellfleet, MA

1976 - 2009 Taught composing, theory, reading, study habits, recording and style with local clients.


Music Teacher-Montessori Paradise, Wellfleet, MA

1992 Twice weekly, 2 hour instruction in basic music skills with 12 students aged 3 to 6 years. Betty Burkes, director. 


Soundpainting Workshops

1991 - 92 (three semesters) 8 week workshops exploring all aspects of musical creation. Sponsored by Cape Cod Community College. Overview of music history. Utilized voices and simple rhythm instruments plus...for recorded SoundArt.


Band Leader/Performer in Northern Idaho and Cape Cod, MA

1975 - 89 Led three groups playing original compositions and old standards; also solo piano at clubs and restaurants.