"Burke mines her materials masterfully"

(Cacophony Magazine)


(Musical America)

"Burke’s balanced yet asymmetric musical creations dare listeners to predict the next sonic surprise" 

(Vero Rose Smith, Feed Me Weird Things Visual Mixtapes)


Christine is a composer from Iowa City, IA, whose music has recently been performed by Wolftone, Dog Star Orchestra, Density512, and ETHEL. Past collaborations include projects with and performances by the Southland Ensemble, Koehne Quartet at Wien Modern, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Alarm Will Sound at the Mizzou International Compsers Festival, the Chicago Civic Orchestra Fellows, JACK Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Heavy Air, The Living Earth Show, NOW Ensemble, Kamratōn Ensemble, and participation in Northwestern University's New Music Conference, Núcleo Música Nova, the UNK New Music Festival, and the Earle Brown Music Foundation’s International Summer Academy. 

Christine earned a Master's Degree from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Nomi Epstein, Josh Levine, and Larry Fritts (composition) and Maurita Murphy Marx and Jorge Montilla Moreno (clarinet). She was previously a student of David Stock (composition) and Jack Howell (clarinet) at Duquesne University. She currently resides in Iowa, where she composes for and performs with a group of friends under the name "The Christine Burke Ensemble". 




[r]amp festival, © Mark T. Lanning

The Christine Burke Ensemble is made of composers, performers, and improvisors from Iowa City, IA. Regularly participating members are: Justin Comer (saxophones), Carlos Cotallo Solares (electric guitar, violin), Zachery Meier (flutes), Vero Rose Smith (french horn), Alex Spenceri (euphonium), Gabi Vanek (bassoon), Will Yager (bass), and Christine Burke (clarinet). 

The CBE has performed at iHearIC, [r]amp festival, the University of Iowa Composer's Workshop, and Feed Me Weird Things.

Upcoming projects include new pieces by Justin Comer and Alex Spenceri, and by Christine Burke at the Kansas City Contemporary Music Festival. 


for 5+ Performers, iHearIC, October 2016

AT A STEADY CONSISTENT RATEComposer's Workshop, December 2017

Work at [r]amp festival, June 2019

RADIO TRIO by Justin Comer, January 2020



RADIO TRIO (2020)Justin Comer, Christine Burke Ensemble
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