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John Burlace
John Burlace earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from Millikin University (Decatur, IL) and his Master of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL). He has been on the choral faculty at Carmel High School since the Fall of 2014. Prior to moving to Carmel, John spent 12 years teaching at both Wheaton Warrenville South High School and Edison Middle School (Wheaton, IL), where he was the proud director of “The Classics”, “Esprit”, and “Electric Youth” show choirs among many other ensembles. His competitive ensembles have been consistently recognized for excellence in vocal production, choreography, instrumental performance and show design. While under his direction, John’s groups have performed for national industrial shows and appeared on ABC’s Windy City Live with GLEE star Jane Lynch. As an active arranger, adjudicator, and guest conductor, he has worked with choirs in 14 states and maintains a busy schedule as a show choir clinician across the country. John is a former Show Choir Repertoire & Standards Co-chair for the Illinois ACDA and has served on staff of several summer camps including Showchoir Camps of America, The Southern Experience Show Choir Camp (University of Southern Mississippi), and Nebraska Show Choir Camp (University of Nebraska). He and his wife Ana enjoy traveling, Disney, and Starbucks.


Carmel High School
Ambassadors 2015-2017
Accents 2015-2017
New Edition 2016-2017
Edison Middle School
Electric Youth 2008-2014
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
The Classics 2008-2014
Esprit 2008-2012


 Hastings Swingin' On The River 2022
 Totino-Grace Show Choir Spectacular 2021
 Center Grove Best of the Midwest 2021
 Prairie Premiere 2021
 UNL Midwest Cup 2021
 Mitchell Friend de Classic 2020
 Heart of America Nashville 2020
 Keller Central Lone Star Invitational 2020
 Hastings Swingin' On The River 2020
 Urbandale Show Choir Invitational 2020
 Shepherd Hill Central Massachusetts Show Choir Festival 2020
 Crete-Monee Show Choir Spectacular 2020
 Mitchell Friend de Classic 2019
 Enterprise Southland Show Choir Classic 2019
 Auburn Show Choir Showdown 2019
 Homestead Classic Showcase 2019
 Omaha Westside Competition of Excellence 2019
 Ankeny Centennial Mid-Iowa Show Choir Championships 2019
 John Burroughs Music Showcase 2018
 Heart of America Orlando 2018
 Los Alamitos Xtravaganza 2018
 Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic 2018
 Burbank Blast! 2018
 Petal Show Choir Invitational 2018
 Hastings Swingin' on the River 2018
 Marysville Showcase 2018
 Urbandale Show Choir Invitational 2017
 Ankeny Centennial Mid-Iowa Show Choir Championships 2017
 South Jones Invitational (Day Two) 2016
 Ankeny Centennial Mid-Iowa Show Choir Championships 2016
 New Mexico Showfest 2015
 Ankeny Centennial Mid-Iowa Show Choir Championships 2015
 Los Alamitos Xtravaganza (Day Three) 2014
 FAME Show Choir National Finals 2013
 Petal Show Choir Invitational (Day Two) 2013
 Crete-Monee Spectacular 2013
 Cedar Rapids Kennedy Raise the Roof! 2012
 Marysville Showcase 2011
 Herscher Swing and Sing 2010


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