Village Harmony

John Harrison

harrisonjohnJohn Harrison is a dynamic choral director, workshop leader and composer from Vermont. His passion is the search for and development of an American choral tradition that integrates African-American Gospel music, jazz, blues, shape-note, rock and roll, country, and Appalachian music. In his compositions and teaching he strives to combine these great American traditions to create a unique choral music that is rhythmically sung and rich with story. John has directed the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir in Montpelier, VT for the last 18 years. He has led camp sessions for Village Harmony for 16 years, as well working with Brendan Taaffe’s Turtle Dove Harmony for the last 4 years. He recently left his job of 10 years teaching music K-12 in a public school to focus on working with community groups and composing. John brings to all his teaching a deep love for choral singing and its power to create community, as well as a lot of humor. He lives in Plainfield, VT with his wife Scottie.