Burks to perform junior recital at HU’s Longaker

Ja’Shon Burks, a Huntington University junior from Indianapolis, will perform Feb. 28 in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The recital is free and open to the community.
Ja’Shon Burks, a Huntington University junior from Indianapolis, will perform Feb. 28 in the Longaker Recital Hall of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The recital is free and open to the community. Photo provided.

The Huntington University Music Department will present a junior recital by tenor Ja'Shon Burks on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Longaker Recital Hall in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on campus.

A native of Indianapolis, Burks is a music choral education and Bible and religion-religious studies major at HU.

The recital is free and open to the public.

He attended Ben Davis High School, where he was a member of the top show choir and top concert choir for four years. During his senior year, he was named as outstanding performer in a show four times. He also served as keyboardist/synthesizer player for the women's show choir. While at Ben Davis, he performed in the musical "Aida" as Chief Minister Zoser and "Footloose" as Reverend Shaw.

Last fall, he portrayed Caleb in HU's production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." He also participated in "Once Upon a Mattress" as a chorus member.

At the age of 7, Burks directed his first gospel choir song at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis and has continued to direct gospel choirs for 12 years, including the HU gospel choir.

In the spring of 2012 and 2013, he was selected to perform in the Annual Longaker Honors Recital for the Huntington University Music Department.

In spring 2012 and 2013, he was selected to perform in the Annual Longaker Honors Recital for the Huntington University Music Department.