Biography

Darden Hanson Burns discovered her love of music at a very young age and grew up playing music and singing in school, church and camp setting. She began darden-formal-portraitstudying the piano at the age of seven and she started playing the guitar at age ten. She attended Carleton College, Cornish College where she received the Bachelor of Music degree, the Aspen Music School and Seattle Pacific University where she studied music education. Her piano teachers have included Ronald Kmiec, Anne Mayer, William Doppman, Mary Norris, Deborah Dewey and Marty Forrest Kinney. Darden has performed extensively as a collaborative pianist with both singers and instrumentalists. In addition to her classical music background she plays and improvises popular music on the piano, arranges music, sings and plays the folk guitar. Darden has been teaching private piano lessons since 1976 and maintains a studio on Bainbridge Island. She is an active member of the Kitsap Music Teachers Association, the local chapter of the Music Teachers National Association from which she holds a Professional Certificate. She continues her education by attending music workshops for teachers and taking private piano lessons. For twelve years Darden was the music director of the home concert series “Musical Evenings on Bainbridge Island”. She then organized the campaign to purchase a grand piano for the Waterfront Park Community Center and serves as president of Bainbridge Community Piano Association, the nonprofit corporation that oversees the maintenance and use of this instrument. She is the music director of First Sundays Concerts a concert series that features outstanding professional musicians in jazz and classical music.