As a published author of several books and poems I just felt since I’m always writing about the virtues of everyone else I would show the creative side of me and show some of my many written verse.
‘God uses ordinary people’
Through the years it has been said that a women’s place is in the home
caring for the family. How good it is that women of the world did not hold
solely to this ideal. For 400 years later we are now able to boast of the historical
contributions we’ve made in this Island of Bermuda and continue to make around
the world. God, said he will make for Adam a helpmate and helpmates we’ve become
.Thanks be to God. ‘For the harvest truly is plentiful but the labourers are few. M 9:37
Pain has no memory so walk as if you were there through the struggle
and stand not in the shadow of our ancestors, but in the reality of their vision.
No race can prosper until it learns that there is as much dignity
in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up
so keep the Faith in everything you do.
Dr. Gary Ellsworth Burgess was the eldest of seven children born in 1938.Like most Bermudian born children he had been given the nickname ‘Buddy’. Gary came up with his extended family of uncles and aunts. He seem to display the gift for music at an early age. He attended the Berkeley Institute and upon graduation left Bermuda to attend an overseas university. He made his home in Buffalo New York and became a professor at the University of New York. Gary became a professional musician his voice became his instrument. He performed as an Opera Singer on several continents and most of the major opera houses of the world. His extensive musical education earned him degrees from Wilberforce University, the Julliard School of Music, Academia di Santa Cecelia, Indiana University and the Curtis Institute of Music. He was a master Teacher in Bratislava, Prague, Sao Paulo, Ottawa, for most of the major Universities across the United States. He was director of the Opera Department, Music Director of Theatre Department and Drama and professor of Voice during his tenure in Buffalo, New York. He staged and directed more than 40 Operas. Dr. Burgess made his first American Debut as a Tenor in 1973 with the San Francisco Opera Company singing seven roles in the same season.Debuts followed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York among others. In 1973 he made a debut in Europe with the Greek National Opera singing the leading Tenor roles. When Dr. Burgess retired in 1998 he returned to Bermuda and took a post with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs as a programme Director and Director of the Bermuda Philharmonic Society during that tenure he wrote and premiered two Symphonies for the Philharmonic Orchestra. “Dawn of a New Day.’ and The Bermuda Symphony based on the discovery of Bermuda. He founded and directed the Boys Choir at the Bermuda Cathedral for six years. He retired for the second time. He received the National Opera Association Legacy Award for his contribution to music and Opera. In 2005 Dr. Burgess was engaged by the Chinese Government to be one of the directors to open the New Center for performing Arts in Beijing directing ‘Puccini’s madam Butterfly.’ That same year he was invited to serve on an International panel of judges for the Ningbo International Vocal Competition. In 2008 he was guest soloist with the Ensemble Singers while touring in Barbados. It is a great feeling to know that this individual who accomplished so much in life well deserves to be recorded as a part of our history. He was a next door neighbour in the well-known area of North Village Pembroke. I’ve never doubted good can come out of North Village if we never squander the opportunities that come our way. Great work Dr. Burgess thanks for the contributions to our Island.