David Burnakus is Professor of Voice at Sonoma State University. He also maintains a private voice studio in the San Francisco Bay area. He has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Western Opera Theater, Pacific Opera Theater, Pocket Opera and Marin Opera.
He began his musical studies at Point Loma College where in addition to voice, he studied conducting and piano. After completing his Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Boston University, he studied with Martial Singher at the Music Academy of the West.
Since 1998 he has traveled throughout the USA, Europe and Asia as coach and accompanist for his wife, Ruth Ann Swenson. Most recently, he and Ms Swenson were invited to the Astoria Music Festival to present a master class as well as individual coaching in anticipation of the young artists’ performances of Le nozze di Figaro.