Bert Burda received his musical training in Ohio (BA-1948) and Illinois (Northwestern U, MM-1950). He started teaching vocal music in Elementary and High School in Woodstock, Ill. (1950-52). He then moved west and taught at Boise High (1952-58), Borah High (1958-65) and Capital High (1965-67). He became Music Consultant and Fine Arts Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education (1967-1986). Bert was very active in community music: sang and directed the Elks Gleemen, as well as his church choir; sang for many years in a Barbershop Quartette, as well as a long-time member of the "Showtimers" and the Boise Master Chorale. He was a member of the IMEA for 36 years, Organizing Chairman for All-Northwest Choirs and Planning Chairman for numerous convention sessions. In 1972, Bert was chosen IMEA "Music Educator of the Year," and received the Governor's Award for Support of the Arts in 1974. He was elected Northwest President for MENC in 1983, received the Honorary Lifetime Membership for IMEA in 1988, and the Northwest Distinguished Service Award in 1991. Bert and Phyllis have three married children and six grandchildren.