Appointed in 1990
Sonny Burnette is professor of music and teaches courses in music theory, MIDI computer music, history of rock music, applied saxophone; and digital audio and video technology (graduate level).¬† He holds the Doctor of Arts degree from Ball State University (1985), Master of Music degree from Northwestern University (1975), and the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida (1974).¬† Prior to joining the GC faculty, he was a studio musician and arranger with the PTL Television Network for nine years, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Burnette is an accomplished composer and arranger, and was selected as the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) 2001 Commissioned Composer.¬† He has also won the James Madison University flute choir composition competition three times, and was the composer of the opening fanfare for the National Flute Association 25th anniversary convention, Chicago, 1997.¬† He has published works for flute choir, flute and piano, flute quartet, saxophone and piano, saxophone quartet, brass quintet, trumpet choir, string quartet, piano trio, and wind ensemble.¬† His works have been performed around the world–Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and South Africa.¬† In Spring 2003, Burnette was awarded the Georgetown College Rollie Graves Faculty Technology Award.¬† In Spring 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Curry Award for Faculty Excellence.
As a performer, Burnette has played over a dozen shows with both The Temptations and The Four Tops, and has also performed with entertainers and musicians including:¬† Jerry Lewis, Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Red Skelton, Pat Boone, Ben E. King, Lou Rawls, Jerry Van Dyke, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Andrae Crouch, Amy Grant, Sandi Patti and many others.¬† He has performed with the Lexington Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Muncie Symphony, Florida Gulf Coast and Northwest Indiana Symphony orchestras.
Burnette has published articles in such journals as:¬† Down Beat, The Instrumentalist, Saxophone Journal, The Saxophone Symposium, STV Magazine, Flute Talk, Flutewise (England) and The Church Musician.
Sonny Burnette is also active in the region as a film actor.¬† SonnyBurnette.com