Music Prof in top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women
Music professor and gospel powerhouse Karen Burke recently received the honour of being named one of the top 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women. She is profiled in the 2016 edition of the book 100 ABC Women, which highlights leadership contributions of Black Canadian women across the public and private sectors, from government, social and community organizations to finance, law, health, education, entertainment and the arts. The publication was launched at a gala event June 16 featuring the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, as keynote speaker.
Widely recognized as a community builder dedicated to elevating gospel music and singers in Canada, Burke is a renowned performer, choral director, composer and producer. She co-founded and directs the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988. An authority on gospel music history and performance practices, Burke developed Canada’s first post-secondary gospel music curriculum when she joined York’s music department. She is the founding director of the 100-voice York University Gospel Choir, which has been hugely popular with students and audiences alike since it launched in 2005.