Maurice Burgess serves as Director of Vocal Activities and Piano Studies at Gregg Middle School and is currently on staff with the 2014 AAAAA Marching Band Champion Summerville High School Competitive Performance ensemble. He was also a longtime voice instructor with Converse College: Lawson Academy of the Arts, as well as being a public school choral director at schools such as the awarding winning Dorman High School. Programs under his direction receive consistent superior ratings and have consistently placed students in SCMEA All-State, SC ACDA state honors chorus, and ACDA National Honors chorus. Burgess is a graduate of Western Carolina University where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in music education with a double concentration in both vocal and instrumental music. While at WCU, Burgess was an active trumpet player in a number of ensembles and was also drum major of the Pride of the Mountains for three year. He has served as trumpet teacher and clinician, drum major clinician and adjudicator, and has also been on staff with several marching band programs. As a performer, he has appeared on numerous stages and is a member of the nationally acclaimed Taylor Festival Choir which has made appearances at Piccolo Spoleto, Spoleto USA, and the National Convention for American Choral Directors’ Association. He currently serves as principal tenor. Burgess has a number of professional affiliations, including the National Association for Music Education, South Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York Singing Teachers Association, and International Trumpet Guild. He was a 2010 recipient of the NATS Emerging Leaders Award. His voice students have been local, state, and regional competition winners, scholarship recipients to some of the top university programs in the nation, and have performed with numerous professional, amateur, and semi-professional performing organization. His trumpet students have been members of both the SC Region and All-State bands as well as consistent recipients of superior ratings and acceptance into summer performing arts programs. He resides in Ladson, SC.