Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles is delighted to announce that Ernest H. Harrison, a conductor, singer, and educator, has been appointed Music Director & Conductor.
Harrison, a Doctoral candidate in Choral Conducting from USC, has already gained a place among Southern California’s elite group of choral conductors and educators. He is Associate Conductor of the National Children’s Chorus Concerto Ensemble, Conductor for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s Cantare Chamber Choir, and Assistant Conductor at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. Ernest teaches private voice and has taught undergraduate choral conducting at USC.
“I am delighted that Ernest Harrison is joining GMCLA” said Lou Spisto, Executive Director. “He’s an inspiring musician, conductor, and educator with a passion for reaching people through music.” Harrison commented “I am so excited to join this beloved organization and inspiring group of men. I have always believed that what we do as musicians saves lives, and the work that GMCLA does exemplifies that belief.”
Spisto concluded “Ernest’s appointment is the capstone to a remarkable 40th anniversary year. In the past few months we performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, and marched and sang in the Los Angeles and World Pride Celebrations. In August, we ended the fiscal year with a $385,000 surplus and we have reduced the debt by over 50 percent. We are deeply grateful to our singing members, donors, subscribers, and all the institutions that have supported us this past year. As we begin Season 41 with Ernest aboard, we are ready to begin the next exciting chapter for GMCLA.”
Harrison will lead GMCLA in THE CALIFORNIA SOUND in April at the Alex Theatre and make his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in July 2020 when he conducts GMCLA’s Gala Concert QUEEN / OF THE NIGHT.
GMCLA’s next concert is the HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR Saturday, December 21 at 2PM and 8PM and Sunday, December 22 at 2PM at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Tickets are available at AlexTheatre.org
Here is a link to Harrison's bio.