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Jay Burken
Jay Burken is in his fourth year as an assistant director of show choirs at Washington High School, and also choreographs for the freshman ensemble, Vivace. Jay is a 2006 graduate of Washington High School, and was involved in many activities while in school, including Momentum, Madrigal Singers, Slice of Jazz and Concert Choir, as well as orchestra, drama, and tennis. Jay attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, studying music education and opera performance under Dr. Pete Eklund and Ariel Bybee. Jay has performed in many venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall and the Theatre Royal in Waterford, Ireland. Locally, you may have seen Jay in productions with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Theatre Cedar Rapids. Memorable roles include Bert in “Mary Poppins”, Pirelli in “Sweeney Todd” and Greg in “A Chorus Line”. Jay has also directed multiple plays at TCR and has previously played viola in the pit orchestra.


Cedar Rapids Washington High School
Vivacé 2016-2021


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