Assistant Professor of Voice
Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career appearing regularly throughout the United States and Europe in key elements of his repertoire — Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions and the B minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven 9, the Brahms Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.
He opened the 2021-22 season with the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston led by Marin Alsop for Beethoven Symphony No. 9, which he repeats later in the season with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero. Throughout the season he makes several notable orchestral debuts: the Chicago Symphony in Handel’s Messiah led by Nicholas McGegan, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Michael Tilson Thomas for his Rückert Lieder, the Pittsburgh Symphony for the Dvorak Te Deum led by Manfred Honeck, the Verdi Requiem with the Seattle Symphony and Thomas Dausgaard.
He continues his relationship with San Francisco Performances in appearances throughout the season and makes a debut with Celebrity Series of Boston in recital.
Operatic engagements in recent seasons have included Salome at the Salzburg Festival led by Franz Welser-Möst and Peter Sellars’s production of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, un ritual de mort at Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville as well as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Dijon and Paris and Jupiter in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux with Les Talens Lyriques.
Dashon Burton won his second Grammy in March of 2021, for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Dame Ethyl Smyth’s The Prison with The Experiential Orchestra on Chandos. An original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, he won his first Grammy for their recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-winning Partita for 8 Voices. His other recordings include Songs and Struggles of Redemption; We Shall Overcome, singled out by The New York Times as “profoundly moving…a beautiful and lovable disc"; Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road on Naxos; Holocaust, 1944 by Lori Laitman, and Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Burton received a bachelor of music from Oberlin College & Conservatory and a master of music at the Yale University. He is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.