Faculty and Staff

Dr. Patricia Griggs Burnham (Director of Programs in Music at Concordia University Texas and Assistant Professor of Music) has served on the music faculty since 1998. She has held other University positions at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA and a graduate teaching assistant at the Catholic University of America.

Dr. Burnham received her Doctorate of Music Arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where she studied Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She holds a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and a Master of Music Education from the Florida State University, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University. Her teachers include Marilyn Neeley, Barbara Maris, Marvin Blickenstaff, Carolyn Bridger and Victoria McArthur.

Dr. Burnham grew up in Virginia Beach, VA where she began piano study at the age of 6. She has performed as a soloist and accompanist in major cities throughout the United States. Some performance highlights include the Ambassador Theater in LA and the Wolftrap Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. where she performed the Sonata for piano and guitar by Radames Gnattali with Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-lima, along with premier performances of works for guitar and piano by composer Bobby Scott. She has also performed with such notables as guitarist Charlie Byrd, flutists Carol Wincence and Eva Amsler.

Dr. Burnham is an active performer as a soloist, accompanist or in collaboration with chamber groups. She enjoys all facets of performing, most especially chamber music.

The Concordia Faculty Trio consisting of fellow colleagues Dr. Karla Hamelin, cello and Dr. Ellen C. Johnson, flute made its debut during the 2008-2009 school year. The three perform together for recitals, Master Classes and Community Outreach.

Other professional activities include adjudication for the National Piano Guild and the National Federation of Music Clubs; appearances in Master Classes and Pedagogy Clinics, workshops at church music conferences; reviews for professional music publications, church work as pianist/keyboardist and choral accompanist for traditional and blended services; and private studio teaching.

Dr. Burnham is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, Austin District Music Teachers, the Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the College Music Society and ASCAP.

She has been recorded on Concord Records with guitarist Carlos-Barbosa-lima, and her solo CD was recorded in 2003.


Joshua Chai is the Director of Choral Activities, the director of the Director of Parish Music program, an Assistant Professor of Music, and the University Cantor at Concordia University Texas, where he conducts the University Choir and teaches courses in music theory, music technology, music history, conducting, and corporate worship. He has taught at CTX since 2009; previously, he was on faculty at Concordia University Irvine in southern California, directing three choirs and teaching courses in music technology and music appreciation.

Joshua attended the University of Kentucky for the D.M.A. degree in Choral Conducting under Dr. Jefferson Johnson, where he also served as Dr. Johnson's sabbatical replacement for the university Chorale, their top mixed choral ensemble. His time there included preparing choruses for the Verdi Requiem, Mahler's second symphony, Brahms' Schicksalslied, and other major choral works. He is currently ABD.

A native of southern CA, Joshua received his M.M. from California State University, Long Beach, received the departmental award for choral studies both years he attended, and studied under Dr. Jonathan Talberg. His undergraduate degree was from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he double-majored in music and mathematics and participated in a range of musical ensembles, including jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, and the St. Olaf Choir.

Under his direction, the choirs at Concordia University have performed internationally and around the United States, with recent concert opportunities in Florida, California, Germany, and central Texas. The choirs present concerts each year ranging from small, intimate informal gatherings combining choral, solo, and a wide range of musical styles to major masterwork concerts with choir and orchestra. Recent masterwork projects have included Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah(2016), J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio(2015), and the Brahms Requiem(2015).

Joshua is the University Cantor, and provides support to all campus worship events, mentoring musicians and worship leaders, and nurturing the worship life of the campus community. The campus worship program includes the whole community and a rich diversity of musical and liturgical resources, anchored in the traditions and theology of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

A freelance tenor, organist, and collaborative pianist, Joshua is also an avid composer. His composition "since feeling is first" on an ee cummings text was featured at a recent Western division ACDA conference. His compositions are generally self-published for ensembles of many types, and has been commissioned by churches, universities, and schools.


Christopher Fitzgerald hails from the Northwest where he attended Western Washington University. He received a B.A. in design (1999), studied drawing and painting at Capodimonte Museum Naples, Italy (1999), trained in sculpture and video at Yale University School of Art (2008), and then attained his M.F.A. in studio art from Penn State University.

A prolific practicing artist, Fitzgerald has shown in over 50 group exhibitions throughout North America. Noted by Austin Chronicle visual arts writer Rachel Koper as one of her "favorite individual artists of 2004" and "favorite artists by body of work in 2005", Fitzgerald was shortlisted for Austin Museum of Art's 22-To-Watch exhibition (2005), the Arthouse Texas Prize (2006), and as a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize (2014). Recent commissioned work has included paintings for diverse spaces - a hacienda in Mexico, the Big Ten Headquarters in Chicago, Seattle's Westin hotel and the new Presidential Suite at the Hyatt Times Square.

Fitzgerald delights in the student and faculty camaraderie of Concordia University. While Texas is home, his approach to the foundational art pedagogy and curriculum creation has resulted in guest lectures at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada, Wells College in Aurora New York, Seattle Pacific University in Seattle Washington, Olympic College in Bremerton Washington, St. Mary Cathedral in Austin, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton Texas. He loves teaching art and art history at Concordia University Texas and is excited to meet students taking their first art class and students pursuing careers and degrees with a foundation in art education.


Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon (Director of the School of Fine Arts, Director of Theatre, Co-director of the Honors Program) (Ph.D Theatre, University of Georgia; MA Directing, Emerson College; MS Organizational Leadership and Ethics, St. Edward's University; BA Theatre, Ohio Wesleyan University)

Gordon has taught at Brevard College, UNC-Greensboro, UT-Dallas, and Ohio University. She earned a certificate from the Management Development Institute of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and has studied at Piven Theatre in Chicago, La Mama's International Symposium for Directors in Umbria, Italy, and is a trained mediator. Her writing has appeared in Theatre History Studies, Lighting Dimensions, The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, The Dallas Morning News, Ecumenica, and The Encyclopedia of Motherhood. In 2009, she was awarded the Robert A. Schanke Theatre Research Award by the Mid-America Theatre Conference. In 2012, The American Theatre and Drama Society recognized her work with The Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award. She is the granddaughter of actor Eddie Bracken.

During her four years at Concordia University Texas, she has directed Doubt, by John Patrick Stanley, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged, Revised), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Container, by Clare Booth,The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, The Exonerated, by Jessica Blank and Eric Jensen, Antigone, by Sophocles, Bocn, by Lisa Loomer, and Permanent Collection, by Thomas Gibson.

David Kroft, MFA

Emeritus Professor of Art

Ken Schmidt, MFA, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Art

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