Mrs. Gretchen Burbach,   PreK-3rd Grade music, 6th Grade Choir

Phone: 605-677-7010 Austin, 605-677-7015 Jolley


Degrees and Certifications:

BM, from USD, Music Education and Vocal Music Performance

Mrs. Gretchen Burbach, PreK-3rd Grade music, 6th Grade Choir


I am a Vermillion native through and through, graduating both from Vermillion High School (Go Tanagers!) and the University of South Dakota (Go Yotes!). I have my bachelors in in Vocal Music Performance and Music Education. Outside of school, I keep active as a mother of three and as director of the children’s and adult choirs at my church.  When not at ball games during the summer, I am found leading World Drumming for the USD Music Camp.  Also active with the Vermillion Community Theatre, I have been organizer for the summer children’s theatre workshop and have often taken the stage myself in VCT’s main stage shows.  My favorite past roles have been Grace Farrell (Annie), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Sister Mary Amnesia (Nunsense), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Eulelie McKacknie Shinn (Music Man), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins).  I am excited to help organize the Vermillion Children's Choir as their board president this year!


Professional Organizations and Honors:

Member of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)

National Member of AOSA (American Orff Schulwerk Association)-have served in all capacities of the board-organizing workshops for local music teachers.

Member of NAfME (National Association for Music Educators)

Adjudicator for the South Dakota Elementary Honors Choir

Jolley School Teacher of the Year

Vermillion School District Teacher of the Year

Vermillion Children's Choir board member

Founder of Songbirds, an early childhood summer music program