Myles (Solly) Burton


Expected graduation date: December 2013.

Degree objective: Music Business.

Instrument: Mandolin.

University highlights, achievements and awards: Performing Arts Scholarship at Indiana State University 2009 to present, Arts Illiana Bravo Young Artist Award 2009 ,Outstanding Junior Award Finalist 2011, Dean’s List, Academic Honors for Freshman from Alpha Lambda Delta 2010, National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda 2010, National Mandolin Champion 2007 and 2011, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee Mandolin Champion, Featured artist on NPR’s “From the Top” 2008.

High School: Home School.

Graysville, Indiana.

Family ties to ISU: Mother, Father and Uncles are all alumni of ISU.

I chose to attend ISU because... It is close to my home, has a good music program (Brent McPike is a great instructor) and my mom (Nursing), dad (Business) and uncles (Technology, Business and Political Science) all attended ISU.

When I have free time, I like... Play my mandolin at gigs, church, nursing homes, contests and events with friends. Buy and sell ATVs and trucks on eBay, water-ski and jet ski, work on the farm with my dad, work on farm machinery, raise poultry and ducks and play cards with my grand mother.

My favorite places on campus to study are... The practice room in the basement of the Fine Arts Building is the best place to study.

My favorite professor is... Dr. Brent McPike.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... Jethro Burns the famous mandolin player, but he is dead.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... I would go to Las Vegas!

After graduation, I plan to... continue playing my mandolin, working on the farm, buying and selling on ebay, enjoying life’s daily adventures and get a professional music job as well as persuing my music business goals.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... How nice everyone was to me. The university featured me by taking photos and videos of me so I could get more exposure with my music and I could represent the university in a positive way from coast to coast.

If I knew then what I know now, I would… I would have bought gold when the prices were low and now I would be rich.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they… Don’t put off homework until the last minute! Practicing music should not be considered work; you should enjoy the practice and reflect back upon it to realize the accomplishment.

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