American Organ Academy

Olivia Burke

March 22, 2021

I have had the honor of knowing John Schwandt since I began auditioning at multiple schools around the country for my master’s degree in 2008. From the first time I met him, I knew there was something unique and special about him and his style of teaching which ultimately led me to the University of Oklahoma to begin my graduate career. As a teacher, he helped push me out of my comfort zone and explore different aspects of the organ I never would have dreamed of. As a mentor and as a friend, he helped me learn more about myself and grow into the person I want to be. I am a better musician and person now because of Dr. Schwandt, and I hope to pass on the many things he taught me to my own students. Studying with John Schwandt was one of the best decisions I could have made.

Olivia Burke

University of Oklahoma, Class of 2015, DMA

University of Oklahoma, Class of 2010, MM

Organist and Choirmaster at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norman, Oklahoma

Music and French Guide at Children’s House Montessori School, Norman, Oklahoma

Olivia Burke