BrendanBurns.com | CV

Curriculum Vitae: The Course of Life

Experience


Brookline Porchfest

2016 – Present

Producer

Brendan developed the framework for Brookline Porchfest in 2016 and has managed each subsequent…
The Gottabees

2012 – Present

Co-composer, co-arranger, & performer

The Gottabees are “super fun theater for the whole family.” Featured in the New York Times, The…
Various

1996 – Present

Freelance Musician

Brendan works as a commercial composer, arranger, teacher, transcriber, and producer.
Brookline Music School - Staff

2016 – 2021

Digital Communications Coordinator

Super administrator and architect for Google and Microsoft email/document ecosystems, including…
Brookline Music School - Faculty

2006 – 2021

Teaching Artist, Guitar

Brendan was a BMS faculty member for 15 years. He was the coordinator of the guitar department for…
Endicott College

Fall 2018

Visiting Professor

Brendan created a one-semester medium-ensemble arranging course for Endicott College that outlined…
TuneFoolery

2006 – 2016

Instructor & Consultant

Tunefoolery Music, Inc. is a non-profit organization for musicians in mental health recovery.…
JamPlay.com

2010 – 2016

Instructor

Brendan created 177 instructional videos that cover theory, technique, and the playing styles of…
Somerville Theatre

2011 - 2014

Musical Director, Arranger, & Performer

Brendan served as the musical director of the Somerville Theatre's 2011 Summer Midnight Movie…
Beck Song Reader

2012 – 2013

Co-producer, Arranger & Performer

When Beck released his Song Reader book, Brendan connected with over 150 musicians and dancers to…
TimeStamp

2012

Composer, Arranger, & Performer

Over three days in February 2012, Brendan invited six ensembles to the Somerville Theatre to record…
Fort Port Theatre Company

2011 – 2012

Composer & Arranger

Brendan composed and performed the music for the theatrical production of INDISCREET DISCRETION by…
Bent Wit Cabaret

2010 – 2011

Musical Director

Bent Wit Cabaret was a monthly variety show at the American Repertory Theater’s Club Oberon. BWC…
Elephant Tango Ensemble

2008 – 2012

Director, Composer & Performer

Elephant Tango Ensemble was a collective of musicians, actors, puppeteers, designers, and dancers…
Newton Community Education

2001 – 2007

Teacher

Brendan designed and taught Beginner Guitar, Beyond Beginner Guitar, Intro to Photography, and…
Liz Linder

2000 - 2003

PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT

Brendan served as a photographer's assistant in the office, darkroom, and on location.

Education & Skills


Berklee College of Music

1994 - 1998

Bachelor of Arts


  • Major: Professional Music with a focus on arranging & composition
  • Volunteer: Berklee's Music Mentoring program; teaching gifted High-School students in the Boston Community
Private Studies

1998 - 2009

Master Training


  • Jay Weik
  • Tim Miller
  • Charlie Banacos

Computer Skills


Software
  • Google Workspace
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • iMovie
  • Logic Pro X
  • Garageband
  • Sibelius
Website Design
  • Craft CMS
  • Wordpress
  • Languages:
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Twig