bio

DCF 1.0 John Harrison is a composer, choral director, singer, and saxophonist who has been performing professionally since he was a lad. He performs and teaches in a variety of styles that reflect his eclectic background in music. Raised in the church, he sang in several of the country’s best men and boys’ choirs, under Richard Connelly and James Litton. Following school he spent 13 years in New York City, where he led his own bands, and performed with Otis Rush, Buster Poindexter, The Uptown Horns, and Bobby Radcliff, among others. He spent several years writing and performing in an improvisational musical-comedy group with Denis Leary before moving to Vermont in 1992. Currently he directs of the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary; he leads after-school World Music choruses in central Vermont through the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture; he leads a World Music chorus for adults in Hardwick; he leads Rock City, a rock-and-soul chorus in Barre, VT; and has worked for the last 16 years teaching music to teenagers and adults through Village Harmony and Turtle Dove Harmony. He leads workshops for school and community choirs throughout New England, as well as the United Kingdom. He taught choral and elementary music at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield, VT for 10 years. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by The Boys Choir of Kenya, Loud & Proud (Scotland’s LGBT choir), Revels North, Mystic Chorale, River Singers, and Social Band, as well as school and community choirs in New England and points beyond. John lives with his wife Scottie in Plainfield, VT.